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Galician Nationalist Flag

[Galician Nationalist Flag (Galicia, Spain)] 8:11
image by António Martins

This flag used by the BNG is made in such a way that one of the five-pointed star sides is parallel to the blue stripe. At first I thought this was because it is like that in the BNG logo, but then I found a photograph in that BNG website with one such flag in a BNG demonstration. Obviously this implies a certain proportion of the flag if the star is to be upright, namely that the ratio must be such that it bears a 36º angle (for a 360º circumference). This means an approximate ratio of 8:11.

Santiago Dotor, 27 Oct 1998

The stripe should also be thinner [see variants below], so the other side would not show between the "N" (90 deg.) and "NE" (18 deg.) points of the star. I recently learnt from a Galician visitor of my website that this flag is used not only by BNG, but by all separatist, independentist and/or integrationist (i.e. seeking to join Galicia and Portugal) groups. The red star over the normal Galician flag has certainly a communist influence.

António Martins, 11 May 1999

I think the stripe's bottom edge shows a bit along the star (from the North through the Southeast points, if you see what I mean).

Santiago Dotor, 11 May 1999

This flag is used by all nationalist groups, having been used before the BNG was founded in 1982. Nowadays it is used by the nationalist trade unions CIG and CUT and the FPG and Nós-UP parties. The BNG also uses it, but has its own flag.

Miguel R. Penas, translated by Santiago Dotor, 17 Dec 2002

I have in front of me Be-Ne-Ga *1:2* (2002.07), a magazine published by Bloque Nacionalista Galego (seems to be the official press organ), a Galician nationalist party. Numerous photos show people demonstrating last July 25th, Galicia's fatherland day, especially in pages 4 and 5.

As for the variants of the Galician Nationalist Flag listed on our site, some comments, based on the evidence of photos in Be-Ne-Ga *1:2* (2002.07):4-5:

  • Regularity of the star and parallelness between the stripe and any two colinear edges of the star are constant attributes of this flag.
  • Variations in use include stripe showing at the "NE" "quadrant" of the star (54 deg.) or not, and stripe colinear with two colinear edges of the star, or not.
  • The intersection of the stripe with the flag corners may vary, but apparently it is never Trinidad-and-Tobago-like nor old-Brunei-like (see ), rather always Tanzania-like (are there better words for this?); the same applies to unstandard starless Galician flags.
  • The shade of blue is always unmistakeably light, but varies noticeably.

    António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Jul 2004

    Incorrect Variants

    [Galician Nationalist Flag, incorrect variant 1 (Galicia, Spain)] 2:3
    wrong ratio, stripe not parallel to star side
    image by António Martins-Tuválkin
    [Galician Nationalist Flag, incorrect variant 2 (Galicia, Spain)] ~8:11
    no stripe showing along star's bottom side
    image by António Martins-Tuválkin
    [Galician Nationalist Flag, variant (Galicia, Spain), incorrect 3] ~8:11
    stripe showing on top fly part of star
    image by António Martins-Tuválkin

    Young Galicia

    Galiza Nova

    [Young Galicia (Galicia, Spain)] 2:3
    image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 Aug 2008

    Photo report of demonstration in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Kingdom of Spain, May 4th 2003, can be seen at the CIG website. In the slideshow, among the several photos with flags, we can see those of: Galicia (nationalist version), Confederación Intersindical Galega (Galician Unions' Confederation), Galiza Nova (Young Galicia, young nationalists), Nunca Máis (protest flag about the "Prestige" accident), and even a Spanish Republican flag (without CoA).

    Francisco Santos, 09 May 2003

    [The Galiza Nova are c]oming from the town of Carnota, very affected by the "Prestige" accident.

    Santiago Dotor, 12 May 2003

    In other photos of CIG (Galician Unions' Confederation) slideshows there are also photos of "plain" flags of Galiza Nova. I mean, the flag without the words Carnota, nor anything else but the organization's name. One of those photos can be seen at CIG website (click Rep in Fotos/Rep/Car).

    Francisco Santos, 12 May 2003

    Galician Nationalist Bloc

    Bloque Nacionalista Galego

    [Galician Nationalist Bloc (Galicia, Spain)] 2:3
    image by Miguel R. Penas

    [Galician Nationalist Bloc (Galicia, Spain)] 2:3
    image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Jul 2004


    I have in front of me Be-Ne-Ga *1:2* (2002.07), a magazine published by Bloque Nacionalista Galego (seems to be the official press organ), a Galician nationalist party. Numerous photos show people demonstrating last July 25th, Galicia's fatherland day, especially in pages 4 and 5.

    On our page it is said that the BNG flag is a logo on white bedsheet and that the regular Galician flag with red star is a "national" flag shared by all independentist tendences, which has some fringes outside the BNG. Be-Ne-Ga *1:2* (2002.07):4 shows one BNG flag with a slightly different logo, lacking the full name. It should be noted that the BNG logo is itself a stylized depiction of the nationalist flag itself.

    Therefore the [right-hand] image, even if "incorrect" considering a putative prescription, is indeed in use, while certain others, more than incorrect, seem to be simply nonexistent. The ratio may vary theoretically between ~1:0,88 and ~1:1,92, but, given the restrictions above, it indeed cannot vary too widely from ~1:1,38 (=~8:11).

    António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Jul 2004

    "Abrente" Galician Association of Madrid

    Asociación Abrente Galego de Madrid

    Flag of the "Abrente" Galician Association of Madrid: photo. It is a defaced Galician flag.

    Francisco Santos, 26 May 2003

    Unidentified flag, possibly political

    [Unidentified flag, possibly political (Galicia, Spain)]
    image by Santiago Dotor, 26 Apr 2004

    In recent Spanish television footage covering student demonstrations opposing a new law on universities, I spotted an unidentified flag, horizontally white-green-blue, amidst several Galician independentist flags. This would suggest either the flag of some Galician political group or perhaps that of a Galician municipality.

    Santiago Dotor, 10 Dec 2001