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Paraguayan national flag: version of 1990-2013

Paraguay / Paraguái; Republic of Paraguay

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Paraguay flag (obv.)
image by Gerard van der Vaart, 27 Aug 1999

The reverse side

Paraguayan flag (rev.)
image by Gerard van der Vaart, 27 Aug 1999
two-sided reverse sinister

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Description of the flag

Album 2000 [pay00] says:

National Flag. CSW/CSW 3:5 obverse/reverse
Željko Heimer, 25 Oct 2002

Album’s 1995 recapitulative issue [pie95] says «National Flag, Naval and Merchant Ensign. 3:5 (size of emblem 2/9 hoist)» Already showing the current design of the emblem. This is the only source that I can think of giving the size of the emblem. However, 2/9 seems a bit too small — it seems larger in the images of all other in sources..
Željko Heimer, 27 Oct 2002

The disc around the star should have the same blue shade as the blue stripe of the flag.
Ivan Sache, 22 Oct 1999

The reverse side

The backside is different from the frontside. It bears the Treasury Seal of Paraguay. It shows a phrygian cap on the top of a pole.
Giuseppe Bottasini, 29 Aug 1995

Is there any reason why the Treasury seal, specifically, was chosen for the reverse (apart from the desire for its elements)?
Nathan Lamm, 08 Mar 2002

I am in possession of the current national flag of Paraguay, which shows the same on each side, a wreath around a gold star of state, with the words around the exterior of the wreath: "REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY" (which reads backwards on one side).
John Crosby, 24 May 2001

Differences from previous versions

[Comparing with the 1988-1990 version,] there is in fact a simplified version of the Paraguayan flag. That flag is in use at least since 1991. We have photocopy of a military map of Paraguay which shows the redesigned symbols of the flag. The map was edited in 1991. I was informed that the flag was redesigned withouth special sanction as it was only an artistic modification of the two symbols on either side. And it was not known when the redesigned flag was introduced (I assume it came into use step by step). By the way, the flag seems to have new proportions of 3:5, as I received with the military map a photograph of the new flag which is in that dimensions.
Ralf Stelter, 17 Jul 1999

1990-2013 Flag at the 2012 London Olypmics.

The protocol manual for the London 2012 Olympics (Flags and Anthems Manual London 2012) provides recommendations for national flag designs. Each NOC was sent an image of the flag, including the PMS shades, for their approval by LOCOG. Once this was obtained, LOCOG produced a 60 x 90 cm version of the flag for further approval. So, while these specs may not be the official, government, version of each flag, they are certainly what the NOC believed the flag to be.

For Paraguay, PMS 032 red, 286 blue, 102 yellow, 355 green, 139 gold and black. The vertical flag is simply the horizontal version turned 90 degrees clockwise. On the obverse, the central device points to the right; on the reverse, the central device remains upright.
Ian Sumner, 11 October 2012

Golden version of the seal

Paraguay flag with golden CoA
image by Ivan Sarajcic, 29 Jun 2009

A variant of the Paraguayan flag (obverse) is charged with golden version of seal. A very similar golden seal is charged on the Presidential Sash.

Other sites:

  • Photo of the Paraguayan flag with golden Coat of Arms
  • Source: AP Photo with label:
      "ASUNCION (PRY) - Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo, left, listens while Paraguay's Foreign Minister Hector lacognata talks during a press conference at the presidential residence in Asuncion, Sunday, June 28, 2009."
    Ivan Sarajcic, 29 Jun 2009

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