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Flag of Albania

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Flag of Albania
Flag of Albania.svg
NameFlamuri Kombëtar
UseNational flag
Proportion5:7 (1:1.4 in the law)
Adopted28 November 1912;
7 April 1992;
standardized by:
Law #8926, 22 July 2002
DesignA red field with the black double-headed eagle in the center.
Colors tone, see Law #8926, 22.07.2002 (pages 3-4: CMYK: 0-100-100-0).
Albanian Double-Headed Eagle Monument in the capital of Albania, Tirana
Albanian Double-Headed Eagle Monument in the capital of Albania, Tirana

The flag of Albania (Albanian: flamuri i Shqipërisë) is a red flag with a silhouetted black double-headed eagle in the center. The red stands for bravery, strength and valor, while the double-headed eagle represents the sovereign state of Albania. The flag was established as the national flag of Albania when the country gained its independence from the Ottoman empire in 1912.

The Albanian flag when flown as a vertical banner.
The Albanian flag when flown as a vertical banner.

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History

Coat of Arms of the noble Kastrioti Family.[1] According to records, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg raised a red flag with the black eagle over Krujë.[2]
Coat of Arms of the noble Kastrioti Family.[1] According to records, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg raised a red flag with the black eagle over Krujë.[2]

During John Hunyadi's campaign in Niš in 1443, Skanderberg and a few hundred Albanians defected from the Turkish ranks; for twenty-five years he scored remarkable victories against the Ottomans. He adopted the Byzantine double-headed eagle flag, and his spectacular victories brought him the papal title Athleta Christi.[3] The eagle was used for heraldic purposes in the Middle Ages by a number of noble families in Albania and became the symbol of the Albanians.[4] The Kastrioti's coat of arms, depicting a black double-headed eagle on a red field, became famous when he led a revolt against the Ottoman Empire resulting in the independence of Albania from 1443 to 1479. This was the flag of the League of Lezhë, which was the first unified Albanian state in the Middle Ages and the oldest Parliament with extant records.[5][6][7][8]

The symbol of the double-headed eagle was re-used by Albanian nationalists during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries as a symbol of their campaign for their country's independence from the Ottoman Empire.[9][4] On 28 November 1912, the Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in Vlora and the flag, raised by Ismail Qemali, was adopted as the symbol of the new nation.[9][4]

The Albanian flag has gone through a number of changes over the years as different regimes have modified it. During the reign of King Zog (r. 1928–1939), a crown was added to the flag and was replaced by two fasces during the Italian occupation of Albania. After World War II, the communist regime added a five-pointed golden star, which was removed on 7 April 1992 after the communist government in Albania collapsed.

Albania's maritime flags—the civil ensign and the naval ensign—are both different from the national flag. The civil ensign consists of three horizontal bands of red, black, and red. The naval ensign is similar to the national flag, except that the eagle is on a white field, and the lower portion of the flag has a red stripe. The eagle of the flag of Albania is depicted on the reverse of the Albanian five lekë coin, issued in 1995 and 2000.[10]

Beginning in 1969, the flag of Albania was widely unofficially flown in Kosovo by the country's ethnic Albanian population.[11] It was the symbol of the unrecognized Republic of Kosova during the 1990s. The current independent state of Kosovo uses a different flag that was designed to avoid any symbols associated with a particular ethnic group.


Color scheme

The color approximation[12] is listed below:

Flag of Albania.svg

Colours scheme
Red Black
RGB 255/0/0 0/0/0
Hexadecimal #FF0000FF #000000FF
CMYK 0/100/100/0 0/0/0/100

Gallery

Chronological

Ensign and standard

Other

See also

References

Citations

  1. ^ Hodgkison, Harry (2005). Scanderbeg: From Ottoman Captive to Albanian Hero. ISBN 1-85043-941-9.
  2. ^ The Flag Bulletin. Flag Research Center. 1987-01-01. History records that the 15th century Albanian national hero, Skanderbeg (i.e. George Kastriota), had raised the red flag with the black eagle over his ancestral home, the Fortress of Kruje
  3. ^ Mucha, Crampton & Louda 1985, p. 36.
  4. ^ a b c Elsie 2010, "Flag, Albanian", p. 140: "The eagle was a common heraldic symbol for many Albanian dynasties in the Late Middle Ages and came to be a symbol of the Albanians in general. It is also said to have been the flag of Skanderbeg...As a symbol of modern Albania, the flag began to be seen during the years of the national awakening and was in common use during the uprisings of 1909-1912. It was this flag that Ismail Qemal bey Vlora raised in Vlora on 28 November 1912 in proclaiming Albanian independence."
  5. ^ Matanov 2010, p. 363.
  6. ^ Pickard & Çeliku 2008, p. 16.
  7. ^ Schmitt 2009.
  8. ^ "Kuvendi i Lezhës (1444)". letersia.fajtori.com (in Albanian).
  9. ^ a b Elsie 2001, "Eagles", p. 78.
  10. ^ "Albanian coins in circulation – Issue of 1995, 1996 and 2000". Bank of Albania. 2004–2009. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  11. ^ Malcolm 1998, p. 325.
  12. ^ Law 8926 22.07.2002 .
  13. ^ "Albania: Ottoman rule (15th century-1912)". Retrieved 4 March 2015. In the 19th century, the Albanian independentist circles used a red flag with the Byzantine double-headed eagle, supposedly used by the Albanian medieval hero Skanderbeg, and never forgotten in Albania. This flag was also used by the Albanian chief Isa Boletin, when he rebelled against Turkey in 1910. When the Autonomous Government was proclaimed in Mirditë in June 1911, this was also the flag used.

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