Moldova Flag

Flag History

In 1940 Bessarabia and Bukowina, a substantial part of historic Moldavia, were torn out of Romania and forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union under the name of the Moldabian SSR. Striving for independence and eventual reunification with Romania, the Moldavian authorities adopted the flag of Romania and charged it with the state arms.

Flag Date of Adoption

27 April 1990

Flag Symbolism

same color scheme as Romania - three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, and red; emblem in center of flag is of a Roman eagle of gold outlined in black with a red beak and talons carrying a yellow cross in its beak and a green olive branch in its right talons and a yellow scepter in its left talons; on its breast is a shield divided horizontally red over blue with a stylized ox head, star, rose, and crescent all in black-outlined yellow

Moldova National Anthem

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Anthem History Limba Noastra has been since 1994 the national anthem of the Republic of Moldova. The lyrics are from Alexei Mateevici (1888-1917) and the music was composed by Alexandru Cristea (1890-1942). The original poem contains twelve stanzas, five of which have been kept for the anthem.
Anthem Lyrics

Limba noastra

Limba noastra-i o comoara

În adâncuri înfundata

Un sirag de piatra rara

Pe mosie revarsata.

Limba noastra-i foc ce arde

Într-un neam, ce fara veste

S-a trezit din somn de moarte

Ca viteazul din poveste.

Limba noastra-i frunza verde,

Zbuciumul din codrii vesnici,

Nistrul lin, ce-n valuri pierde

Ai luceferilor sfesnici.

Limba noastra-i limba sfânta,

Limba vechilor cazanii,

Care o plâng si care o cânta

Pe la vatra lor taranii.

Rasari-va o comoara

În adâncuri înfundata,

Un sirag de piatra rara

Pe mosie revarsata.

Anthem Lyrics English A treasure is our tongue that surges

From deep shadows of the past,

Chain of precious stones that scattered

All over our ancient land.

A burning flame is our tongue

Amidst a people waking

From a deathly sleep, no warning,

Like the brave man of the stories.

Our tongue is the greenest leaf

Of the everlasting forests,

Gentle river Nistru's ripples

Hiding starlight bright and shining.

Our tongue is more than holy,

Words of homilies of old

Wept and sung perpetually

In the homesteads of our folks.

A treasure will spring up swiftly

From deep shadows of the past,

Chain of precious stones that scattered

All over our ancient land.

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