Flag of Moldova

Flag of Moldova.svg
UseNational flag and ensign (Obverse shown)
Adopted6 November 1990
DesignA vertical tricolour of blue, yellow and red; charged with the Coat of Arms centered on the yellow band.
Moldovan Armed Forces Flag (svg).svg
Variant flag of Moldova
UseWar flag
Adopted28 March 1991 (?)
DesignA blue cloth, bearing a red cross within a larger yellow cross. On the front of the cloth, in the center, lies the Emblem of the National Army. The reverse of the flag has the chromatic layout and features in the center the army motto in golden letters: Romanian: "Pentru Onoare! Pentru Patrie! Pentru Tricolor!" (For Honour! For Country! For the Tricolour!)

The state flag of Moldova is a vertical tricolour of blue, yellow, and red, charged with the coat of arms of Moldova (an eagle holding a shield charged with an aurochs) on the center bar. The obverse is mirrored. The flag ratio is 1:2. Until further provisions, the State Flag of Moldova is used as the national flag and ensign as well, that is, civil, state and war flag and ensign.[1][2]

The blue, red, and yellow tricolor of Moldova is identical to the flag of Romania, reflecting the two countries' national and cultural affinity. On Moldova's flag the yellow stripe is charged with the national arms. Like the Romanian coat of arms, the Moldovan arms, adopted in 1990, features a dark golden eagle holding an Orthodox Christian cross in its beak. Instead of a sword, the eagle is holding an olive branch, symbolizing peace. The blue and red shield on the eagle's chest is charged with the traditional symbols of Moldova: an aurochs' head, flanked by a rose in dexter and a crescent in sinister, and having a star between its horns, all of gold. These two national flags are also very similar to the flags of Chad and Andorra, which are all based on vertical stripes of blue, yellow, and red.


Until 2010, the colour shades of the Moldavian flag were not explicitly named. The Regulation regarding the flag stated that the colours of the flag must match the ones shown in the annex. Moldavian heraldist and vexillologist Silviu Andrieș-Tabac stated in an interview[3] that in 1990, when the flag was being created, "it was taken into account that many countries have similar tricolour flags. As a result, it was decided to abandon the ultramarine blue, which is present on the Romanian flag, in favour of the emerald-blue, used on the mural paintings of Voroneț monastery...".

The French Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives (2000) by Armand du Payrat and Daniel Roudaut had suggested the following Pantone nuances, including those of the coat of arms: blue 549, yellow 143, red 186, green 340 and brown 464.[4]

However, a new law from 2010 defined the colors of the flag as Berlin blue, chrome yellow and vermillon red. The exact matches, according to annex no. 2, are as follows:

Colour space Blue Yellow Red Brown Green
Pantone 293c 109c 186c 4645c 3415c
RGB 0-70-174 255-210-0 204-9-47 176-126-91 0-122-80
HTML #0046AE #FFD200 #CC092F #B07E5B #007A50
Other Languages
العربية: علم مولدوفا
azərbaycanca: Moldova bayrağı
башҡортса: Молдавия флагы
беларуская: Сцяг Малдовы
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сьцяг Малдовы
Cymraeg: Baner Moldofa
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: মোলদোভার ফিরালহান
Bahasa Indonesia: Bendera Moldova
latviešu: Moldovas karogs
Bahasa Melayu: Bendera Moldova
Nederlands: Vlag van Moldavië
Plattdüütsch: Flagg vun Moldawien
sicilianu: Bannera muldava
Simple English: Flag of Moldova
slovenčina: Vlajka Moldavska
српски / srpski: Застава Молдавије
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Zastava Moldavije
українська: Прапор Молдови
Tiếng Việt: Quốc kỳ Moldova