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Latgalia - Latgola (in Latgalian) - Latgale (in Latvian) is
one of four cultural regions of Latvia recognized in the
constitution. It differs from the rest of Latvia in religion and
dialect (some call it a separate language) More on the subject at
<dau.lv> and at wikipedia.
The flag is dark blue with the silver griffin holding a sword. The griffin on the flag is facing to the left (hoist) while in the Coat of Arms it is in the opposite direction.
When it was in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Latgalia was a heaven for the persecuted in Russia Old-Believers and Jews. During last stages of the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1920, Polish troops occupied the southern portion of Latgalia, but as a gesture of friendship returned it to the newly independent Latvia despite the large Polish population of the area.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 April 2008
Mikhail Revnivtsev (Russo-Vex) found a website showing a new regional flag of Latgalia (Latvia) adopted in 2010. It features the variant of the CoA from the
time it was a ward of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania
(Commonwealth of Both Nation) in 16th-17th centuries and based on the personal CoA of the Hetman (Field Marshall) Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (Voievode of the the
Province of Inflanty). The website is
showing also the flags of Livonia and Suiti, while the flag of Selonia is not
shown yet there.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 April 2011
This flag is without any official status (as you can read in
ltdkarogi.eu) - just a private initiative and flagmakers business. Another
unofficial, but more often used is
link fixed. Ed.]
Gvido Pētersons (not from Latgalia), 18 April 2011
My mistake not to mention the unofficial status of the flag. The older flag
of Latgalia is already included on our pages and the
Selonian one as well.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 18 April 2011
Flag of Latgalens in Latvia
Vanja Poposki posted in I Love Flags, 26 August 2012
image posted by Vanja Poposki, 12 March 2012