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Flag of the Dominican Republic

The flag of the Dominican Republic represents the Dominican Republic and, together with the coat of arms and the national anthem, has the status of national symbol. The blue on the flag stands for liberty, the white for salvation, and the red for the blood of heroes. The civil ensign follows the same design, but without the charge in the center. The flag was designed by Juan Pablo Duarte.

As described by Article 21 of the Dominican Constitution, the flag features a centered white cross that extends to the edges and divides the flag into four rectangles; the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue. The national coat of arms, featuring a shield with the flag design and supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right), is at the center of the cross. Above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto Dios, Patria, Libertad (English: God, Fatherland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon (this red ribbon is depicted in more recent versions as having its tips pointing upward). In the center of the shield, flanked by three spears (two of them holding Dominican banners) on each side, is a Bible with a small cross above it and said to be opened to the Gospel of John, chapter 8, verse 32, which reads Y la verdad os hará libres (And the truth shall make you free).

The flag of the Dominican Republic is similar to the flag of Perm Krai, a federal subject of Russia

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Country - Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic (República Dominicana ) is a country located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which it shares with the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two sovereign states. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 48671 km2, and third by population with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.

Christopher Columbus landed on the island on December 5, 1492, which the native Taíno people had inhabited since the 7th century. The colony of Santo Domingo became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, the oldest continuously inhabited city, and the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. After more than three hundred years of Spanish rule the Dominican people declared independence in November 1821. The leader of the independence movement José Núñez de Cáceres, intended the Dominican nation to unite with the country of Gran Colombia, but no longer under Spain's custody the newly independent Dominicans were forcefully annexed by Haiti in February 1822. Independence came 22 years later after victory in the Dominican War of Independence in 1844. Over the next 72 years the Dominican Republic experienced mostly internal conflicts and a brief return to colonial status before permanently ousting Spanish rule during the Dominican War of Restoration of 1863–1865. A United States occupation lasted eight years between 1916 and 1924, and a subsequent calm and prosperous six-year period under Horacio Vásquez was followed by the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo until 1961. A civil war in 1965, the country's last, was ended by U.S. military occupation and was followed by the authoritarian rule of Joaquín Balaguer (1966–1978 & 1986–1996), the rules of Antonio Guzmán (1972–1978) & Salvador Jorge Blanco (1982–1986). Since 1996, the Dominican Republic has moved toward representative democracy and has been led by Leonel Fernández for most of the time since 1996. Danilo Medina, the Dominican Republic's current president, succeeded Fernandez in 2012, winning 51% of the electoral vote over his opponent ex-president Hipólito Mejía.
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Flag of the Dominican Republic (English)  Bandiera della Repubblica Dominicana (Italiano)  Vlag van de Dominicaanse Republiek (Nederlands)  Drapeau de la République dominicaine (Français)  Flagge der Dominikanischen Republik (Deutsch)  Bandeira da República Dominicana (Português)  Флаг Доминиканской Республики (Русский)  Bandera de la República Dominicana (Español)  Flaga Dominikany (Polski)  多米尼加共和国国旗 (中文)  Dominikanska republikens flagga (Svenska)  Drapelul Republicii Dominicane (Română)  ドミニカ共和国の国旗 (日本語)  Прапор Домініканської Республіки (Українська)  Национално знаме на Доминиканска република (Български)  도미니카 공화국의 국기 (한국어)  Dominikaanisen tasavallan lippu (Suomi)  Bendera Republik Dominika (Bahasa Indonesia)  Dominikos Respublikos vėliava (Lietuvių)  Dominikanske Republiks flag (Dansk)  Vlajka Dominikánské republiky (Česky)  Dominik Cumhuriyeti bayrağı (Türkçe)  Застава Доминиканске Републике (Српски / Srpski)  Dominikaani Vabariigi lipp (Eesti)  Vlajka Dominikánskej republiky (Slovenčina)  A Dominikai Köztársaság zászlaja (Magyar)  Zastava Dominikanske Republike (Hrvatski)  ธงชาติสาธารณรัฐโดมินิกัน (ไทย)  Σημαία της Δομινικανής Δημοκρατίας (Ελληνικά)  Quốc kỳ Cộng hòa Dominica (Tiếng Việt) 
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