Modern Bulgarian Flag

Modern Bulgaria

The flag of Bulgaria is a tricolour consisting of three equal-sized horizontal bands of (from top to bottom) white, green, and red. The flag was first adopted after the 1877–1878 Russo-Turkish War, when Bulgaria gained independence. The national flag at times was charged with the state emblem, especially during the communist era. The current flag was re-established with the 1991 Constitution of Bulgaria and was confirmed in a 1998 law.



Civil and state flag, civil ensign

Adopted in:
1879 (first adoption)
27 November 1990 (readoption)

A horizontal tricolour of white, green and red.


Bulgarian Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Bulgarian as follows:
  1. Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Bulgaria
    • State Flag of Bulgaria
    • Military Flags of Bulgaria (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flags of Bulgaria
  2. The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Bulgarian Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  3. The National flag of Bulgaria should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  4. The Bulgarian flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  5. A tattered or faded flag of Bulgarian should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  6. Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Bulgarian flag is always flown the correct way up
  7. A Flag of Bulgaria, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect


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