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Moldova Flag

Flag of Moldova
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Moldova]
Aspect Ratio(1:2)
Color Scheme blue,yellow,red,brown,green
Color and Design

A vertical tricolour of blue, yellow and red; charged with the Coat of Arms centered on the yellow band.

Meaning & SymbolismThe eagle holding an olive branch is a sign of peace, and it clutches an Orthodox cross in its beak as a symbol of the nation's religious heritage. The colors of the bands, blue, yellow and red, were chosen in direct reference to the flag of Romania as a sign of solidarity between the two countries.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Moldova is a vertical tricolour of blue, yellow, and red, charged with the coat of arms of Moldova (an eagle holding a shield charged with an aurochs) on the center bar. The obverse is mirrored.

The blue, red, and yellow tricolor of Moldova is identical to the flag of Romania, reflecting the two countries' national and cultural affinity. On Moldova's flag, the yellow stripe is charged with the national arms. Like the Romanian coat of arms, the Moldovan arms, adopted in 1990, features a dark golden eagle holding an Orthodox Christian cross in its beak. Instead of a sword, the eagle is holding an olive branch, symbolizing peace. The blue and red shield on the eagle's chest is charged with the traditional symbols of Moldova: an aurochs' head, flanked by a rose in dexter and a crescent in sinister and having a star between its horns, all of gold. These two national flags are also very similar to the flags of Chad and Andorra, which are all based on vertical stripes of blue, yellow, and red.

The flag of Moldova has a design that can trace its origins all the way back to the medieval period, when the nation was represented by golden auroch's head surrounded by a rose, crescent, and star on a solid red field. The flag represented the nation from 1346 to 1859, which gives it one of the longest histories of any flag. The nation lost its political autonomy at the end of that period, which prevented it from having a flag of its own until the birth of the Moldavian Democratic Republic.

The new republic represented itself with a horizontal triband of blue, yellow, and red that displayed the nation's coat of arms in the center. It adopted the flag in 1917, but only used it for a single year before it fell out of use.

The next flag represented the nation during the earliest part of its time as a communist country. It was adopted in 1938, and it featured a solid red field with gold text that covered almost half of the flag. A new flag replaced it in 1952. It had a similar red field, but a blue band divided it in half and it had the Soviet hammer and crescent in the canton. That flag remained in use until the modern flag was adopted in 1990 as the Soviet Union lost power.


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