Flag of Slovakia
The current form of the national flag of the Slovak Republic was adopted by Slovakia’s Constitution, which came into force on 3 September 1992. The flag, in common with many other flags of Slavic nations, uses Pan-Slavic colours red, white and blue. It is defaced with Slovakia’s national arms.
A tricolour bearing equal horizontal stripes of white, blue and red, from top to bottom. A shield depicting a double-cross upon the second of three hills is displayed just left of the centre.
History of the Flag of Slovakia
Slovakia’s flag in its current form can be dated back to the revolutionary year 1848. It was also used semi-officially in Czechoslovakia before World War II, by the Slovak Republic during World War II.
In 1990, the Interior Ministry tasked Ladislav Čisárik, a painter and heraldic artist, and Ladislav Vrtel, an expert in heraldry, with creating a new coat of arms and the national flag. Čisárik and Vrtel based their designs for a modern coat of arms and flag on an existing 14th Century coat of arms, However, Čisárik and Vrtel chose to enlarge the double-cross three times to emphasize it as a national symbol. In addition to the national coat of arms and the national flag, the duo also designed a new presidential standard, which incorporates the double cross as well.
The new flag was finally adopted on 1 March 1990 as the flag of the Slovak Republic within Czechoslovakia. The coat of arms was added on 3 September 1992 and a special law describing the details of the flag followed in February 1993.
Using the Slovakia Flag Vertically
The Slovakian national flag, which bears a coat of arms, cannot simply be moved into a vertical orientation. A specifically designed vertical flag is used instead.