Flag of Slovakia

Slovakia Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesSK, SVK
Official NameSlovak Republic
Government TypeParliamentary Republic
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Calling Code+421
Member OfEuropean Union, United Nations, NATO, OECD, WTO
PopulationApproximately 5.45 million
Total Area49,035 square kilometers
Highest PointGerlachovský štít (2,655 meters, 8,711 feet)
Lowest PointBodrog River (94 meters, 308 feet)
GDP Per Capita$19,877
Life ExpectancyAround 77 years
Internet TLD.sk

Slovak National Anthem

Nad Tatrou sa blýska

Lightning over the Tatras flashes
Thunder wildly beats
Let us stop them, brothers
After all they will disappear, Slovaks will revive
This Slovakia of ours
Has been asleep so far
But the thunder’s lightning
Is rousing it to come alive

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Slovak Flag

The flag of Slovakia is a source of national pride, embodying the country’s history, heritage, and independence. The current flag was adopted on September 3, 1992, ahead of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993. It features three horizontal bands of white, blue, and red, which are traditional Pan-Slavic colors, representing Slavic unity and heritage. This color scheme is common among other Slavic nations, originating from the Russian flag.

At the hoist side, the flag is charged with the national coat of arms, which consists of a red shield with a white double cross on three blue hills. The double cross is a symbol of Christian faith and the three hills represent the Tatra, Fatra, and Matra mountain ranges which symbolize the peaks in Northern Slovakia and the shared history with Hungary.

Throughout history, the Slovak flag has undergone several changes, especially during periods of political upheaval and changes in government. The first known flag of Slovakia was used during the Slovak Uprising in 1848. The use of national symbols, including the flag, was suppressed during different regimes, especially under the rule of Hungary and during the era of Czechoslovakia.

The current flag’s design is a testament to Slovakia’s sovereignty and independence following the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. It represents not only the nation’s past but also its aspirations and unity. The flag is a symbol of the country’s enduring identity and its place in the European and global community.