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by Zeljko Heimer
Flag and coat of arms adopted 16
Description: White flag with a golden map of the island with two olive branchs below.
Use: on land, national and civil flag, at sea, national and civil ensign.
Colour official specifications (as given in Album des Pavillons [pay00]):
which translate approximately in the CMYK system as follows:
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The flag of Cyprus was selected by the President of the Republic, Mgr Makarios, in 1960 after a proposal made by a school teacher who brought him a message from the Vice-President Fazil Küçük.
Source: SAVA Newsletter [sav] #27.
Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001
The colours were intentionally chosen: white flag was chosen for the young Cyprus as a sign of peace among the two antagonistic communities living there (Turks and Greeks). The map of the island is golden/yellow, for the sake of easier reproduction of what was originally intended to be a colour of copper (symbol Cu), a metal that got its name from the island name. Most probably, since there is no brownish-reddish-copper colour in heraldry, the map was changed to golden. Green olive tree branches stand for peace, again.
Zeljko Heimer, 12 November 1998
Pedersen [ped70] just calls it yellow. Smith [smi77], too. Pedersen's recent book [udk98a] says that copper is the proper colour, and yellow is the usual. (my translation from Danish).
Ole Andersen 29 July 1999
Using dark yellow (Y+ in our colour guide) gives the shade of yellow that is appropriate enough to the real flags used in Cyprus and in other places when Cypriot flag is needed. The color is not exactly the "copper brown", but that are nither the shades used on the real Cypriot flags, as far as I know.
Zeljko Heimer 30 July 1999
The Ancient Greeks got most of their copper from the island, and the Romans imported a good deal as well. The Greek word for copper (from which the English is derived) actually means "Cyprus metal".
Mike Oettle, 14 December 2001
According to Petit Larousse Illustré, the French word cuivre is derived from Latin cyprium aes, Cyprus bronze.
Ivan Sache, 17 December 2001
The Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus was adopted on 6 April 1960 and is the only one to allow both authorities and private citizens to fly national flags other than its own.
Source: Constitutions - what they tell us about national flags and coats of arms [vap00]