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República Portuguesa, Portuguese Republic

Last modified: 2002-06-14 by antonio martins
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The national flag

Flag and coat of arms adopted on 30 June 1911

The portuguese national flag is a 2:3 rectangle divided vertically into green at the hoist (2/5 of the flag’s length) and red at the fly (3/5). Centered in this partition a coat of arms consisting on an armillary sphere charged with the traditional portuguese shield.
António Martins, 04 Jun 1997

The portuguese constitution is extremely laconic regarding flags. The only specifically vex info there is in Article 11 (National symbols), paragraph 1. and reads (my translation):

The national flag, symbol of the soveregnty of the Republic and of Portugal’s independence, unity and integrity, is the one adopted by the Republic established by the Revolution of 5 October 1910.
And that’s it. The Portuguese constitution, by the way, has 299 articles, some of them quite long.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Mar 1999

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