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Mordovia (Russia)


Last modified: 2006-07-29 by antonio martins
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Mordovian flag
image by António Martins, 02 Jun 1999

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Presentation of Mordovia

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  • Name (english): Mordovia • (russian, short form): Мордовия | Mordoviâ • (russian, long form): Республика Мордовия | Respublika Mordoviâ
  • Local official languages: Erzian and Mokshian
  • Capital: Саранск | Saransk
  • Area: 26 200 km2 (≅10 100 sq.mi.) • Population: 920 300 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Republic (Республика | Respublika) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Volga-Vyatka
  • License plate code: 13 • Ham radio code: MD • ISO 3166-2 code: MO
  • Flag adopted on 1995.03.30 • Coat of arms adopted on 1995.03.30

Not to be confused with the Moldavians, the Mordovians are, like the Mari, a Finno-Ugric people. A Mordovian ASSR was created in 1934.
Stuart Notholt, 05 Oct 1995

Description of the flag

Constitutional act No. 98/I about flag of Republic of Mordovia was accepted 30.3.1995 in Saransk:

Flag of republic has three horizontal stripes of brown-red, white and dark blue (1:2:1). In the centre is brown-red sun symbol. Proportions of flag being 1:2.
Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996

[See also the construction sheet from this law, sent by Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996]

This flag, in medium blue, is listed under number 87 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as: «Mordovia (Mordovians) [Moksha] - Central Russia.».
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999

According to Jiri Tenora [jtn02], the sun symbol on the flag of Mordovia is divided into four parts symbolizing the four Mordovian tribes.
Ivan Sache, 18 Apr 2002

Coat of arms

Mordovian CoA
image by Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996

Constitutional act No. 92-I about coat of arms of Republic of Mordovia was accepted 30.3.1995 in Saransk:

In the centre of coat of arms is shield (brown-red, white, dark blue) with little shield of Saransk in its centre.
Petr Exner, 30 Jan 1996

Erzian ethnic flag

erzian ethnic flag
image by Marco Pribilla, 02 Feb 2002

In the number 2/2001 of Alkukoti I found an interesting map chart [alk01] with the living areas and flags of the different Finno-Ugric peoples. It shows a simple white-red-black triband for the Erza Mordvins (one of the two related Mordvin tribes; the other one is Moksha).
Marco Pribilla, 02 Feb 2002

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