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Nizhniy Novgorod Region (Russia)

Niẑegorodskaâ oblasth

Last modified: 2020-02-28 by rob raeside
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Нижегородская область

Flag of Nizhniy Novgorod Region image by Zoltan Horvath, 24 April 2014

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Presentation of Nizhniy Novgorod Region

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  • Name (English): Nizhniy Novgorod Region • (Russian): Нижегородская область | Niẑegorodskaâ oblasth
  • Capital (Russian): Нижиний Новгород | Niẑniĭ Novgorod • (English): Nizhniy Novgorod • (former name): Gorhkiĭ | Горький (1932-199X)
  • Area: 76 900 km2 (~29 700 sq. mi.) • Population: 3 627 100 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Volga • Economic region: Volga-Vyatka
  • License plate code: 52 • Ham radio code: NN • ISO 3166-2 code: NIZ
  • Flag was adopted 28 April 2005 • Coat of arms unknown

I’d like to once again stress the point that Novgorod and Niẑniĭ Novgorod are two completely different cities, both regional capitals. Novgorod was recently renamed Velikiĭ Novgorod; and Niẑniĭ Novgorod was named Gorhkiĭ | Горький (a.k.a. Gorky) from 1932 to approx. 1992.
António Martins, 21 Feb 1999

"Niẑniĭ | Нижний" means "Lower", "Velikiĭ | Великий" means "Great".
Gvido Pētersons, 22 Feb 1999

Flag of Nizhniy Novgorod Region

There is no law about flag on the official regional web site yet.
Michael Simakov, 01 Mar 1999

Flag of Nizhniy Novgorod was adopted on 28 April 2005. Image of flag: (behind the governor)
Zoltan Horvath, 24 April 2014

Standard of the Governor

At the end of 90 acceptance of standard the governor was extended. Such standards were accepted in the Nizhniy Novgorod area.
Sergey Filatov, 10 Oct 2005

Most of these flags are squarish (about 11:12), rigid and fringed variants of the region (Governors) or Republic (Presidents) flags with the regional emblem over all.
António Martins, 02 Oct 2005

Coat of arms

CoA of NNg image by Pascal Gross

Argent a deer sable [maybe "proper"?].
Santiago Dotor, 17 Dec 1998

It looks like Russian heraldry is very much unlike that of other European countries. It is not infrequent to find animals depicted with a very realistic approach (and colours “proper”), instead of the typical heraldic stylization and hues. Apparently also, there is a tendency to keep the general elements of a coat of arms (a certain “charge” i.e.. animal, object etc.) but this can vary as to position, attitude and even colour. Such is the case of the Nizhniy Novgorod coat of arms. I have now seen all sorts of combinations: argent a deer sable, argent a deer gules, gules a deer or, vert a deer gules, and so on. By the way, is it a deer or rather a reindeer?
Santiago Dotor, 18 Dec 98