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Mordovia (Russia)

Mordva, Mordovia^, Mordvinia^

Last modified: 2002-12-20 by antonio martins
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[Mordovian flag]
by António Martins, 02 Jun 1999

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Presentation of Mordovia

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  • Name (english): Mordovia • (russian, short form): Мордва, Мордовия, Мордвиния | Mordva, Mordoviâ, Mordviniâ • (russian, long form): Республика Мордовия | Respublika Mordoviâ
  • Local official languages: Erzian and Mokshian
  • Capital: Саранск | Saransk
  • Area: 26 200 km2 (≅10 100 sq.mi.) • Population: 920 300 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Republic (Республика | Respublika) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Volga-Vyatka
  • License plate code: 13 • Ham radio code: MD • ISO 3166-2 code: MO
  • Flag adopted on 1995.03.30 • Coat of arms adopted on 1995.03.30

Not to be confused with the Moldavians, the Mordovians are, like the Mari, a Finno-Ugric people. A Mordovian ASSR was created in 1934.
Stuart Notholt, 05 Oct 1995


Description of the flag

Constitutional act No. 98/I about flag of Republic of Mordovia was accepted 30.3.1995 in Saransk:

Flag of republic has three horizontal stripes of brown-red, white and dark blue (1:2:1). In the centre is brown-red sun symbol. Proportions of flag being 1:2.
Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996

[See also the construction sheet from this law, sent by Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996]

This flag, in medium blue, is listed under number 87 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as: «Mordovia (Mordovians) [Moksha] - Central Russia.».
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999

According to Jiri Tenora [jtn02], the sun symbol on the flag of Mordovia is divided into four parts symbolizing the four Mordovian tribes.
Ivan Sache, 18 Apr 2002


Coat of arms

[Mordovian CoA]
by Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996

Constitutional act No. 92-I about coat of arms of Republic of Mordovia was accepted 30.3.1995 in Saransk:

In the centre of coat of arms is shield (brown-red, white, dark blue) with little shield of Saransk in its centre.
Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996


Erzian ethnic flag

[erzian ethnic flag]
by Marco Pribilla, 02 Feb 2002

In the number 2/2001 of Alkukoti I found an interesting map chart [alk01] with the living areas and flags of the different Finno-Ugric peoples. It shows a simple white-red-black triband for the Erza Mordvins (one of the two related Mordvin tribes; the other one is Moksha).
Marco Pribilla, 02 Feb 2002