Flag of the Republic of Karelia

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The flag of the Republic of Karelia is a tricolour featuring three equal horizontal stripes of red, sky blue and green. The height to length ratio is 2:3.

Republic of Karelia
Flag of Karelia.svg
Adopted16 February 1993
DesignA horizontal tricolour of red, sky blue and green
Designed byAlexander Ivanovich Kinnear


In November 1991, the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was transformed into the Republic of Karelia. On November 27, the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Karelia adopted a resolution on changing state symbols and on holding a competition for a new coat of arms, flag and anthem of Karelia. On December 15, 1991, a resolution was adopted by the Presidium of the Supreme Council on the conditions of the competition and on the composition of the competitive commission. It was supposed to hold a competition for the flag and coat of arms of the republic from February 1 to April 30, 1992.

Flag of both the Uhtua Republic from 1920-1922 as well as during the Finnish occupation of Karelia from 1941-1944

By May 1992, 60 projects of the flag and 20 of the coat of arms were submitted to the competition commission. During this period, heated debates broke out in the republic about the flag - whether to keep the flag of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic or whether to return to the flag of the Uhtua Republic. As a result, after a few votes, the compromise version developed by the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Karelia Alexander Ivanovich Kinner, relying on the idea of the 1953 flag of the Karelian-Finnish SSR, won the Supreme Council of the Republic.

Article 118 of the Constitution of the Karelian-Finnish SSR then stated: “The national flag of the Karelian-Finnish SSR is a cloth consisting of three horizontally arranged colored stripes: top, red, medium blue, making up one sixth of the flag’s width, and bottom, green, one fifth of the width of the flag”.

Historical flagsEdit

Flag Years of use Ratio Government Notes
  1918–1920 2:3 Republic of Uhtua
  1937–1938 1:2 Karelian ASSR
  1938–1940 1:2 Karelian ASSR
  1940–1953 1:2 Karelo-Finnish SSR
  1953–1956 1:2 Karelo-Finnish SSR
  1956–1978 1:2 Karelian ASSR
  1978–1993 1:2 Karelian ASSR (1978–1991)
Karelia (1991–1993)
  1993–present 2:3 Karelia

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