Flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast

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Flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Russia

The Jewish Autonomous Oblast is situated in the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia.

Its flag consists of a rainbow on a white background, with seven narrow horizontal colored stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, sky blue, blue and purple. The number of colors is meant to symbolize the seven-branched Jewish Menorah. The flag's aspect ratio is 2:3.

The seven colored stripes are centered vertically and regularly spaced; they have a height each equal to ​140 of the total flag's height, and are separated by a thin spacing equal to ​1120 of the total flag's height.[1]

The rainbow flag design was adopted during October 1996.[2]


The white color of the cloth represents purity. Rainbows are the biblical symbol of peace, happiness, goodness. The number of bands of the rainbow equal to the number of candles in the Menorah, one of the national religious Jewish symbols. The Menorah speaks of the creation of the world in seven days, and the number of bands of the rainbow emphasizes the connection with the ancient Jewish symbol. Also, the rainbow may symbolize the Seven Noahide laws.

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