Swedish flag accidentally hoisted above Estonian castle

  • 2007-01-15
  • TBT staff
TALLINN - Caretakers of a medieval citadel in Rakvere, northeast Estonia, were left embarrassed after the Swedish flag was hoisted above the castle tower instead of Estonia's national strip on Jan. 12.
The mistake was noticed by outside observers, who quickly called the operators of the Rakvere castle museum to alert them of the apparent invasion.
The error came about due to an apparent similarity between the Swedish flag and the flag of Rakvere city, which has a similar design.
To mark the anniversary of Rakvere's liberation in the 1918-1920 War of Independence, the city's flag was to be hoisted above the castle.
The error was corrected in a matter of hours.