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by Mark Sensen and Antonio Martins, 1 May 1999. Flag adopted: 1 September 1992
The present-day state flag of the Slovak Republic is described in article
9, paragraph 2 of the Slovak Constitution, which was enacted on 1st September
1992. It was hoisted for the first time on 3rd September 1992 at 20:22
CET in front of the Bratislava Castle. But its exact form was determined
by law of 18th February 1993, enacted by the National Council of the Slovak
Republic. According to this law, height of the shield with Slovak state
coat of arms is equal to half of width of the flag. The shield is separated
from the blue and red stripes by the white stripe. Its width is equal to
the one hundredth of the flag's length.
Source: Ales Brozek - Lexikon vlajek a znaku sveta, Kartografie Praha 1998
Jan Kravcik, 6 June 2000
Last week the embassy of Slovakia was opened in Riga. In TV vertically
hanging flag was shown.
Gvido Petersons, 7 Nov 2000
Before the separation of Slovakia and the Czech Republic, a resolution
was passed by the Czechoslovak government that neither of the two "new"
states could continue to use the red white and blue flag of Czechoslovakia.
Upon separation, Slovakia adopted the White/Blue/Red flag with the shield
of arms in the upper hoist. The "new" Czech Republic adopted the flag of
former Czechoslovakia, in direct violation of the resolution mentioned
above. Slovakia was ticked off over this, but the Czech folks said "The
country that made that rule doesn't exist any more" and refused to change.
Nick Artimovich 31 October 1996
The Constitution of 1990 set up the Czech Lands and Slovakia as two
equal nations. Each was to have its own arms, seal, flag and anthem, and
these were laid down in laws of 1990. The Czech Republic
adopted a greater and lesser coat of arms and the flag of white over red
on 13 March 1990. The Slovak Republic legislation was dated 1 March 1990,
and laid down the arms (almost identical with those of pre-Communist era),
the flag (the plain tricolor), seal and anthem. The flag of the state was
unchanged. As indicated before, the agreement was made by two countries
upon separation not to adopt the previous state's emblems, but the Czech
Republic adopted flag with blue triangle as its flag on 17 December 1992.
Zeljko Heimer, 1 November 1996