The Andorran flag consists of three colors: blue, yellow and red. The colors represent the county’s independence from both Spain and France. The Spanish and French flags influenced the choice of colors used in the Andorran flag, as the Spanish flag consists of vertical stripes of red-yellow-red while the French flag consists of vertical stripes of blue-white-red. The coat of arms contains a shield divided into four sectors. The national motto Virtus Unita Fortior ("United Virtue is Stronger") is displayed below it.
What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?
The flag of Andorra was designed by Emperor Napoleon III who reigned between the years 1852 and 1870. The Andorran coat of arms was designed in 1969 and was placed on the Andorran flag in 1971. Napoleon III was the Emperor of the French Republic and at the same time Co-Prince of Andorra.
Who Designed the Flag?
Andorra has had several variants of its flag. Between 1806 to1866 the flag consisted of equal vertical stripes of yellow and red. In 1866 the blue stripe was introduced, and the stripes were changed to horizontal with the red at the top, yellow at the middle and the blue stripe at the bottom. A crown was also introduced at the center of the flag. It was later abolished in 1934. In 1939, the flag was readopted, but the stripes were changed to horizontal stripes with a coat of Arms & Coronet at the middle stripe. In 1966 the coat of arms was redesigned and the motto added below it. In 1971, it replaced the previous coat of arms at the center of the flag.
What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?
The Andorran flag is a tri-colored flag with a blue strip on the left, yellow at the center and red on the right. The country's coat of arms is located on the yellow strip at the center of the flag. Contrary to what several people see on the first impression, the yellow strip at the center is slightly wider than the rest. It was designed by Emperor Napoleon III in 1866. The current version of the flag was adopted in 1971. The flag’s colors are thought to have been influenced by France and Spain, both of whom had interest in Andorra.
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