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Bulgaria National Flag

Bulgaria National Flag

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All of our printed Bulgaria flags are produced by a process called Dye Sublimation. The system drenches each fibre of the fabric, resulting in a flag with wonderful precise colour, and vitally the design appears perfectly on each side. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.

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History of the Bulgaria National Flag

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History of the Bulgaria National Flag

Where in the world?
Trivia
A version of the tricolour flag has been in use since 1879.
Technical Specifications
Adopted1991
Proportion3:5
DesignA white, green and red Tricolour
ColoursPMS – Green: 17-5936, Red: 18-1664
Brief History

The first time a flag was seen in Bulgaria was during the Second Bulgarian Empire under The Flag of Tsar Constantine Tikh. An invasion by the Ottoman Empire in 1396 saw the end of the Second Bulgarian Empire and it remained under Ottoman rule till 1878.

After the weakened Ottoman Empire Gave up Bulgaria,the third Bulgarian state was created. This is when the first modern white-green-red tricolour flag was introduced as part of the Tarnovo Constitution.

The Bulgarian People’s Flag remained throughout World War One and Two, until in 1944 when Soviet Russia invaded.

Leading to a governmental coup that brought in the Fatherland Front (OF) led by Kimon Georgiev. As soon as the coup overtook the government declared war on Nazi Germany and signed a ceasefire with the Soviets. A ‘ОФ’ was printed in the centre of the flag to represent the Fatherland Front.

In 1948 the coat of arms of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria replaced the ‘ОФ’ in the top left hand corner. It contained a lion, wheat, red five-pointed star and a ribbon with the year of the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire. Between 1949 and 1990 the Soviet Bulgarian flag changed four times. This was done to reflect the small changes to the coat of arms, the white-green-red tricolour remained the same. It went from a red background to a blue, to white wheat rather than the traditional gold and then finally to a white rampant lion rather than gold. The red star remained present all the way though.

In 1991 the Bulgarian People’s Flag was re-established with the Constitution of Bulgaria. The green band in the middle is said to represent freedom. Also a very popular unofficial Bulgarian flag exists that has the Coat of Arms over the white and red bands. However, this has no official status.

Military Flags of Bulgaria

There have been four Navel Ensigns of Bulgaria throughout its history; all are made up of a tricolour of white-green-red. The first, second and fourth naval Ensigns contain a golden lion on a plain read background and the second and third also feature a red five-pointed star.  There is also currently a white-green-red Naval Jack and a Bulgarian War flag that contains the motto “God is With Us.”

The Standards of The President and Prime Minister of Bulgaria

Both the Standard of The President and The Prime Minister of Bulgaria feature the white-green-red tricolour alongside the Bulgarian Coat of Arms There was a The Standard of The Tsar until the abolition of the monarchy in 1946.

The Bulgarian Coat of Arms

Once the Soviet Union was overthrown a new the Bulgarian Coat of Arms was chosen in 1997. It features a crowned golden rampant lion on a crowned red shield and two more golden lions are at its side with the motto “Unity is Strength” written underneath.

Historical Coat of Arms of Bulgaria

The Coat of Arms of Bulgaria has always predominantly featured a lion at its centre. Below are examples of the Bulgarian coat of arms from the 14th century up until the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in 1991.

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