5 Facts about Slovakia’s Flag

by      April 29, 2015

A wooden replica of the Slovakia flag is now available from Patriot Wood. The wooden version of this beautiful flag includes Patriot Wood's signature design elements. While the three-color coat of arms has been raised to provide a 3-D look, the colors and dimensions all match the official flag—a combination that makes it stand out without compromising the original design. 

A handcrafted Slovakia Wood Flag would make for a great conversation piece in your home or office. Let's take a look at five Slovakia flag facts so you have a few interesting tidbits to bring up when your friends ask you about it! 

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FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE SLOVAKIA FLAG

1. Only two of the mountain ranges represented on the coat of arms are found in Slovakia.

On the bottom part of the Slovakian flag's coat of arms, you'll find three bumps. These bumps are said to represent three mountain ranges: Tatra, Fatra, and Matra. The three mountain ranges are all important in Slavic history. The first two, Tatra and Fatra, are found in Slovakia—but the third, Matra, is found in northern Hungary.

2. The same colors found on the Slovakian flag are found on almost every Slavic nation's flag.

Pan-Slavic colors—red, blue, and white—are found on the flags of many Slavic nations. They stand for Slavic unity and independence, and their use across nations represents the common origin of the Slavic peoples. You can currently find these colors represented on the national flags of Russia, Slovakia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Slovenia.

3. The coat of arms represents Slovakia's link to Hungary.

In the past, Slovakia was connected with Hungary as part of the Hungarian kingdom. These two nations have been linked for years—and the decision to include a coat of arms based on the Hungarian version in the Slovakian flag is a nod to their relationship. 

4. When first adopted, Slovakia's flag was identical to the Russian flag.

In 1990, Slovakia adopted a plain, three-colored horizontally striped flag. (The design hasn't changed much—the 1990 flag is the background of Slovakia's current flag.) But there was one problem: their flag was identical to Russia's. This led the 1992 addition of the coat of arms that now adorn the white, blue, and red flag.

5. The Czech Republic and Slovakia had a dispute over the use of the Czechoslovakian flag.

Before they separated, Slovakia and the Czech Republic passed a resolution to prevent either country from continuing to use the Czechoslovakian flag. Once the separation was complete, Slovakia adopted a new flag, but the Czech Republic continued to use the old flag of Czechoslovakia, violating the resolution and refusing to create a new flag. Despite this violation, Slovakia didn't take any legal action and the Czech Republic maintained that they were no longer bound by the agreements.

The Slovakian flag has an interesting history steeped in the stories of the Slavic people, and those of Slovakian heritage may find special meaning in this flag. If you're passionate about Slovakia, this flag is the perfect piece of wall art for you.

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