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Flag of Moldova
Like many other nations, Moldova adopted its modern flag following the fall of the Soviet Union. Moldova flags use a design that resembles that of several other nations, but the similarities are largely coincidental. The exception to that rule is the flag of Romania, which strongly resembles that of Moldova due to the heritage and ancient links that the two nations share.
- Capital of Moldova: Chisinau
- Area of Moldova: 33,371 sq. km
- Languages used in Moldova: Moldovan (official), Russian, Gagauz
- Religions in Moldova: Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Baptist
Colors and Symbolism of Moldova Flags
Modern Moldova flags have three vertical bands of blue, yellow, and red with the national coat of arms displayed on an eagle in the center. The coat of arms features an auroch's head, which is an ancient symbol of Moldova. The auroch's head is surrounded by a rose, a crescent, and a star. The eagle is holding an olive branch as 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 were chosen in direct reference to the flag of Romania as a sign of solidarity between the two countries.
History of Moldova Flags
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.