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List of Portuguese flags

This is a list of flags used in Portugal.

National flag

Flag Date Use Description
30 June 1911 - national flags and national ensign A green and red rectangle with the national coat of arms (an armillary sphere and a Portuguese shield).

Autonomous regions

Flag Date Use Description
1979-present Flag of Autonomous Region of the Azores. This flag is similar to the flag of Portugal used between 1830 and 1910, except that the Portuguese coat of arms has been replaced by nine five-sided stars in an semi-circular arch over a stylized golden goshawk (in Portuguese: Açor), the symbol of the Azores, positioned over the border of the two bands.
1978-present Flag of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. A blue-gold-blue vertical triband with a red-bordered white Cross of Christ in the center. The design was influenced by the flag of the Archipelago Liberation Front in Madeira.

Governmental flags

Flag Date Use Description
1911–present Flag of the President of the Republic A green rectangle with the national coat of arms.
2006–present Flag of the Assembly of the Republic A white rectangle (ratio 2:3) with a centrally positioned minor coat of arms and a green bordure.
1972–present Prime Minister flag This flag is like the flag of the President, but is white with a green saltire with the Arms (sphere and shield) at the centre. There is a red border on all four sides with a pattern of laurel leaves in gold. This replaces the former flag of the Minister of defence.
1911–present Minister flag Same flag as the prime-minister, but without the red border.
1911–1974 Flag of the Minister of the Navy White flag with a green cross of Saint George, with the Arms in the centre. As the position of "Minister of the Navy" has been abolished, the flag is currently not used.
Flag of the Defence Minister
1911–1974 Flag of the War/Army Minister Flag divided vertically like that of the Army, but with five white stars over all, arranged in a ring. As the position of "Minister of the War/Army" has been abolished, the flag is currently not used.

Military flags

Flag Date Use Description
30 June 1911 - Regimental colours of the Portuguese Armed Forces Equally divided in green and red with the national coat of arms enclosed by two yellow laurel shoots intersecting at their stems and bound by a white scroll bearing Camões's verse "Esta é a ditosa pátria minha amada" (English: "This is my beloved fortunate fatherland") as the motto.
30 June 1911 - Naval jack of Portugal A square with a green-bordered red field charged with the national coat of arms on the center.

Historical flags

National flags

Flag Date Use Description
1095–1143 A blue cross on a white (or silver) field.
1143–1185 A blue cross with five blue escutcheons each charged with an undetermined number of bezants on a white field.
1185–1248 Five blue escutcheons each charged with an undetermined number of bezants on a white field.
1248–1385 Five blue escutcheons each charged with an undetermined number of bezants on a white field. Border: red with yellow castles (number not fixed).
1385–1485 Five blue escutcheons each charged with an undetermined number of bezants on a white field. Border: red with yellow castles and a green cross of the Order of Avis.
1485–1495 Five blue escutcheons each charged with 5 bezants on a white field. Border: red with 7 yellow castles.
1495–1521
1521–1578
1578–1640
1616–1640 Putative flag
1640–1667
1667–1706
1706 - 1750 1826 - 1830
1750–1816
1816–1826
1830–1910 Used on land Vertical bicolour blue-white. Proportion of the fields: 1:1.
1830–1910 Used at sea Vertical bicolour blue-white. Proportion of the fields: 1:2.

Overseas territories

Flag Date Use Description
1975 – 1999 Flag of the Government of Macau. During the Portuguese administration this flag also represented the Territory of Macau in the international forums, although it was not the official flag of the Portuguese colony. A light blue field charged with the coat of arms of Government of Macau.
Flag of the Municipality of Macau, one of two local municipal governments. This was the flag used at the handover to China in 1999. A light blue field charged with the coat of arms of Municipality of Macau.

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