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Nizhniy Novgorod Region (Russia)

Niẑegorodskaâ oblasth

Last modified: 2015-03-07 by zoltán horváth
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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

(Note: You need an Unicode-aware software and font to correctely view the cyrillic text on this page. See here transliteration details).

  • 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 standart the governor was extended. Such standarts 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 heraldical stylization and hues. Apparently also, there is a tendency to keep the general elements of a coat of arms (a certain “charge” ie. animal, object etc.) but this can vary as to position, attitude and even colour. Such is the case of the Nizhni 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

Nizhniy Novgorod
(Niẑniĭ Novgorod | Нижний Новгород, a county-status city)

Current version

Flag of NN city
image by Zoltan Horvath, 28 February 2015

In this image one can see a wavying white flag with a red reindeer on a coat of arms. It portrays the coat of arms of Nizhniy Novgorod but with a golden laurel wreath instead of green, and the reindeer being red instead of brown as depicted.
Esteban Rivera, 28 February 2015

Flag of NN city
image by António Martins, 24 Apr 2000

I’ve just arrived from a weekend in Nizhniy Novgorod, where I had been almost three years ago. That first time I saw the flag reported bellow, but now it seem to have disappeared, giving place to a white flag with the complete city coat of arms in full color — a vexillographic step back, in my humble opinion. I know not the legal standing of this flag, though I’m sure it stands for the city, not for the region, as the coat of arms details on this flag match those of the city and not those of the region (though both have the same heraldic charges).
António Martins, 24 Apr 2000

Previous version

Flag of NN city
image by António Martins, 23 Jun 1997

On 2:3 red the city’s coat of arms (shield only), red outlined yellow, a yellow deer. (NB: usually the coat of arms is brown on silver, only in the flag it is gold on red.) I made this image out of local observation, and drawn it from actual photos. I’m also not sure if it is the city’s or the region’s flag. I’m more inclined to suppose that it is the city’s because I saw it in early 1997, when most regions had not adopted flags yet, but I’m not really sure.
António Martins, 23 Jun 1997 and 18 Feb 1999

The coat of arms is exactly as described, but the flag is plain red with a red samnitic shield outlined yellow in the middle and on it a yellow deer.
António Martins, 17 Dec 1998

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Avtozavodskiy rayon

image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Sep 2005

I just found something that surprized me. In Russia usually city rayons don't have proper coat of arms and flags, but emblems only. But it seems things are changing. On the official website of Avtozavodskiy rayon of the City of Nizhniy Novgorod in Nizhegorodskaya Oblast', in Russia, is shown a photo of the Head of Administration with three flags a front of him on a table. The first one (from his left) is Russian flag and the second and third are (obviously) the flags of the rayon. The flag is white with blue emblem in the middle and in red cyrillic letters in russian Avtozavodskiy rayon (probably) above the emblem. The emblem itself is shown in the upper left conner of the page.
Valentin Poposki, 2 Sep 2005