- This article is about the flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. For the flag of the region of Greece, see Macedonia, Greece.
|Flag of Macedonia|
|Adopted||October 5, 1995|
|Designed by||Pr. Miroslav Grcev|
The flag of Macedonia is a rising yellow sun with eight rays extending to the edges of a red field.
The original national flag of the newly independent Republic of Macedonia was the sun of Vergina in gold on a red field. The flag was deemed unacceptable by neighbouring Greece which perceived the Vergina sun as an exclusively Greek symbol. Macedonia decided to scrap the symbol to be able to open diplomatic and economic relations with Greece. The Vergina sun was replaced by a sun of a different design in 1995, this sun evokes "the new sun of Liberty", as mentioned in the Macedonian national anthem:
|“|| Today over Macedonia, is being born|
the new sun of liberty.
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