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Andorra Flag

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Our Andorra flags are produced in the traditional 2:1 ratio used for National flags in the UK so this flag will match others of the same size if you are flying several flags together. We use a MOD grade Knitted Polyester which has been tested for its durability and suitability for production of flags.

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History of the Andorra Flag

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History of the Andorra Flag

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In the past, the stripes of the flag could be either horizontal or vertical. However, vertical stripes found favour due to the ease with which the coat of arms could be incorporated.
Technical Specifications
Adopted1939
Proportion7:10
DesignBlue, yellow and red, from left to right with the national coat of arms set in the middle.
Dimensions8:9:9
ColoursPMS - Blue: 072 C, Yellow: 803 C, Red: 199 C
CMYK – Blue:100% Cyan, 88% Magenta, 0% Yellow, 5% Black; Yellow: 0% Cyan, 1% Magenta, 100% Yellow, 0% Black; Red: 0% Cyan, 100% Magenta, 62% Yellow, 0% Black
Brief History

Early History:

In the 13th Century, a territorial conflict over the status of Andorra threatened to bring the houses of Foix and Urgell to war. As the result of a compromise, Andorra first became a national entity in 1278, its sovereignty shared by Foix of France and Urgell of Catalonia. It is possible that, following this decision, the colours of yellow and red were chosen for Andorra, to honour both its national parents. Yet these colours did not constitute any flag as such; at least until 1806, when Napoleon made it official.

1806 – 1939:

It was sixty years later that Napoleon III issued a new tricolour for Andorra. The new blue colour reflected French hegemony; at this time, Catalonia was under French control, so there could be no dispute.

1934 – 1939:

In more recent Andorran history, another flag, with a crown instead of a coat of arms, made its mark. The origins of this flag are fuzzy, but it could be attributed to the peculiar events of 1934. A crisis of confidence in the joint Spanish-French sovereignty paved the way for a certain Boris Skossyreff to declare himself King Boris I of Andorra. Citing his interpretation of the country’s founding documents as justification, Skossyreff won the support of the people and the General Council of Andorra. This flag may have been commissioned for the man who would be king – it seems likely, as the crown would be unsuitable for a country which hitherto had never had a sovereign of its own.

1939 – Present Day:

‘Boris I’ did not last long. The Spanish Bishop of Urgell exercised his authority to have the man deposed, and deported. Skossyreff went on with his remarkably improbable life, and Andorra went on without him. From 1939 onwards, the modern Andorran flag has been in use.

The Civil Flag of Andorra

The civil ensign is similar to the national flag, but does not carry the coat of arms.  The coat of arms itself is divided into four quarters. The top-left quarter represents the City of Urgell; proceeding clockwise, the County of Foix is represented, and then the arms of what used to be the Viscounty of Bearn, and finally the arms of Aragon. The motto, ‘Virtus Unita Fortior’, is latin for ‘Stronger United in Virtue’.

The Andorran Coat of Arms

Even though the Andorran Coat of Arms has existed for centuries it only became the national coat of arms since 1969. The coat of arms traditionally consists of four houses:

The Arms of La Seu d’Urgell, in the Catalan province of Lleida, Spain.

The Arms of the former County of Foix, now a French commune.

The Arms of the former Crown of Aragon, representing Catalonia, Spain.

The Arms of the former Viscounty of Béarn, which is now part of the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

Underneath is Andorra’s national motto ‘Virtus Unita Fortior’, which means ‘United Virtue is Stronger’.

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