Flag of Macedonia (Greece)

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For the former flag of the adjacent independent state bearing the same symbol, see Flag of the Republic of Macedonia.
Macedonia
Flag of Greek Macedonia.svg
Use Civil flag
Proportion 2:3
Design A golden Vergina sun on a blue field.

The flag of Macedonia, the largest Greek region, represents a Vergina Sun with 16 rays extending from the blue field. The Vergina Sun on a blue background is commonly used as an unofficial flag of the three peripheries, the prefectures and the municipalities of Greek Macedonia. It is also used by organisations of the Macedonian Greek diaspora, such as the Pan-Macedonian Associations of the United States and Australia,[1][2][3] as well as numerous commercial enterprises.

Although the Vergina Sun is an official state emblem of Greece, no such provisions have been made for the flag of Macedonia, which remains unofficial.

It is unclear when the flag was adopted, but it was most likely in use by the late 1980s after the archaeological discovery of the star by Manolis Andronikos in Vergina.[4] The similarity of the first flag of the Republic of Macedonia in 1992 after it seceded from Yugoslavia, which had the same design but on a red background with proportions 1:2, caused controversy in Greece, which was already using that symbol for its own province of Macedonia, and the Republic of Macedonia changed its flag to the current design.[4]

Vergina Sun flag at the Kozani Prefecture, along with the European flag and the flag of Greece.

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  1. ^ "Pan-Macedonian Association USA". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ "History of Macedonia". Pan-Macedonian Network. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  4. ^ a b Znamierowski, Alfred (2010). The World Encyclopedia of Flags. Anness Publishings. ISBN 978-1-84476-895-0. 

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