Coat of arms of Andorra

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Coat of arms of Andorra
Coat of arms of Andorra.svg
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Armiger The Co-Princes of Andorra
Adopted 1969
Escutcheon Quarterly: I Gules a bishop's mitre Or lined Argent; II Or three pales Gules; III Or four pallets Gules; IV two cows passant per pale Gules
Motto Virtus Unita Fortior
"United virtue is stronger"

The coat of arms of Andorra has existed for centuries. This coat of arms has been the national coat of arms of Andorra since 1969. Below the shield arms stands Andorra's national motto Virtus Unita Fortior (Latin for United virtue is stronger). The coat of arms also appears on the flag of Andorra.

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The Law of usage of the symbols of the Estate of Andorra reads:[1]

The coat of arms of the Principality of Andorra has traditionally consisted of four houses, two corresponding to each co-Prince.


The four traditional houses are: a) the one of the Bishopric, represented by a golden miter and a golden staff on red background; b) the one of Catalonia; c) the one of Foix; d) the one of Béarn.

According to official regulations, the coat of arms of Andorra consists of the following quarters:

  1. Andorra - Urgel.svg First quarter: arms of La Seu d'Urgell, in the Catalan province of Lérida (Spain).
  2. Andorra - Foix.svg Second quarter: arms of the former County of Foix, now a French commune.
  3. Andorra - Aragón.svg Third quarter: arms of the former Crown of Aragon representing Catalonia (Spain).
  4. Andorra - Bearne.svg Fourth quarter: arms of the former Viscountcy of Béarn, today a part of the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (France).

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