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Perm region (Russia)

Permskaa^ oblasth

Last modified: 2003-07-18 by antonio martins
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Presentation of Perm Region

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  • Name (english): Perm Region • (russian): Пермская область | Permskaâ oblasth
  • Capital (russian): Пермь | Permh • (english): Perm
  • Area: 127 700 km2 (≅49 300 sq.mi.) • Population: 2 799 300 inhabitants in 2000  (these figures not including Perm’s Komia)
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Volga • Economic region: Ural
  • License plate code: 59 • Ham radio code: PM • ISO 3166-2 code: PER
  • Flag unknown • Coat of arms adopted on 1996.06.05

The name "Perm" originated from the finno-ugric (Votyak) word "permata" which means "far away".
Chrystian Kretowicz, 21 Jul 2001

No flag?

As far as I know, Perm oblast has officially only adopted coat-of-arms (28/12/95, redacted 05/06/96), the Law about flag is in work.
Michael Simakov, 14 Oct 1998

Unofficial flag of 1992-1993

[Flag of Perm city]
by Jaume Ollé, 08 Jan 1997

In 1992 or 1993 some regions self upgraded to constituent republics, and used ephemeral unofficial flags. One of the main republics was Perm, flag was red with cross, book and bear like the arms, identical to the current Perm city flag.
Jaume Ollé, 15 Apr 2000

Alternate flag?

Alternate flag of Perm Region
by António Martins, 16 Nov 1998

Horizontal 1:2 tricolor of white-red-brown, as displayed at the Catalonian Vexillological Association's on-line database on Russian flags, at
António Martins, 16 Nov 1998

Governor Flag

[Flag of Perm governor]
by Pascal Gross, 06 Jul 2000

On 22, november, 1996 Administration (government) of Perm Region adopted «the standard (flag) of governor» (Decision #417). The standard is rectangular banner divided quarterly: azure, red, red, green. The 4 fields divded with white stripe which charged with "golden stripes in the centre". The border is golden. The golden saltire is over all (from corners to corners). The bottom edge of the standard is fringed. There are the coat of arms of the region in the centre of the standard.
Victor Lomantsov, 02 May 2000

You can this flag at
Pascal Gross, 26 May 2000

Coat of arms

Law #367-62 on Coat of Arms of Perm Region was adopted by Legislative Meeting (regional parliament) on 28, december, 1995 (signed by governor G. Igumnov on 17, jan. 1996). Coat of arms: Gules, a Bear passant Argent carrying on his back a Gospel Or surmounted with a Cross couped Argent. An 8-pointed cross is depicted on the cover of the Gospel. The shield is crowned with prince’s crown and surrounded with oak-wreath Or tied with a ribbon of Andrew’s Order (light-blue ribbon). Drawing of coat of arms was made by M. Tarasova (woman, famous painter) Law #548-86 adopted 22, aug. 1996 abolished the wreath and blue ribbon.
Victor Lomantsov, 02 May 2000

The bear is a famous symbol of Perm region. He is a sacred animal of ancient inhabitants of this land. Firstly we see bear with the Gospel in first russian heraldry book (1672). It symbolized the victory of Christianity upon traditional pagan religion. The bear without the Gospel known on coat of arms since 1620ths. The coat of arms of city of Perm (adopted in 1783) were same.

In XIX century the arms of Perm Gubernia were used with oak-wreath and blue St.Andrew’s ribbon (main Order in Russia until 1917, reborn now) and Emperor’s Crown. Modern coat of arms have the Prince’s crown — Emperor’s title before 1917 was «Emperor of Russia, Grand-Duke of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Tsar of Kazan, Astrakhan »...« Prince of Estland, Lifland, Curland, »...« Perm »... et c.

Victor Lomantsov, 02 May 2000