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Flag of Tajikistan
Tajikistan has only had unique flags for slightly less than a century, but that has been more than enough time for a fairly length Tajikistan flag history to develop. The flag of Tajikistan underwent many rapid changes during the years that it spent as a Soviet Socialist Republic, which means that Tajikistan has had more distinct flags in the past century than many other nations in Europe had had in the past five hundred years. Many of those flags have a great deal in common with each other due to the influence of Soviet aesthetics on the designs, but the modern flag offers clear change from the previous designs while still retaining a few elements that link it to previous flags.
- Capital of Tajikistan: Dushanbe
- Area of Tajikistan: 142,700 sq. km
- Languages used in Tajikistan: Tajik (official), Russian
- Religions in Tajikistan: Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim
Colors and Symbolism of the Tajikistan Flag
The current flag of Tajikistan is made of of three horizontal stripes of red, white, and green with the golden outline of a crown beneath seven stars in the center of the field. The red stripe is intended to represent the nation itself, while the white stripe is a symbol of cotton and the snow upon the nation's mountains and the green stripe represents the country's valleys. The crown and stars represent the people of Tajikistan, and was chosen in honor of the etymology of the nation's name.
History of the Tajikistan Flag
Tajikistan spent a long time as part of Bukhara and Russia before it gained its own flag. The first Tajikistan flag came into use in 1929, after the nation became a Soviet Socialist Republic. The flag of 1929 and all of the later flags except for the modern design were built upon the same design. All of them have red fields that included an emblem that differentiated them from the other flags of Soviet republics. Most of them displayed an identifying message in either the Latin alphabet or Cyrillic along with a golden star or a hammer and sickle emblem. The last flag two flags of the Soviet era included stripes of white and green near the bottom of the flag, and the very last flag did not include an emblem. The Soviet pattern finally fell out of use when the current flag was adopted in 1992.
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