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Spain Flag

Shop for authentic Spain Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Spain flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Spain flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Spain National Anthem, historical information about the Spain flag, and demographic data about Spain

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History of the Spain Flag

The Spain Flag features three horizontal bands in the colors of red, yellow, and red. The yellow band is twice the size of the two red bands. Towards the left of the flag, in the yellow band, is the national coat of arms. The Coat of Arms consists of a shied with a crown on top. The shield is divided into quarters. In the top left quarter of the shield is a gold castle on a red background, in the top right quarter is a red lion on a white background, the bottom left quarter consists of red and yellow stripes and the bottom right quarter has a golden chain link. At the bottom of the shield (between the two quarters) is a pomegranate flower and in the center of the shield is a fleur-de-lis (flower of the lily). At each side of the shield there are two crowned pillars of Hercules and on the pillars is a banner with the inscription "Plus Ultra" which translates as "More Beyond."

There are many different interpretations of the Spain flag and what the colors represent. It is thought by some that the yellow and red colors represent the bull-fighting Spanish tradition. The red represents the blood lost from the bulls and the yellow represents the sand in the arena where the bull-fighting occurs. Another interpretation is that the yellow color represents the sun and the red color represents the blood-shed in the struggle for independence and the final understanding of the colors is that the yellow represents generosity and the red represents the bravery of the Spanish and heroism. The Coat of Arms is a combination of six different Coat of Arms.

The six Coat of Arms represent the six different Kingdoms of Spain which are the "Kingdom of Castile" (the gold castle), the "Kingdom of Leon" (the red lion), the "Kingdom of Aragon" (the red and yellow stripes), the "Kingdom of Navarre" (the golden chain link), the "Kingdom of Granada" (the pomegranate flower), and the "House of Bourbon" (the fleur-de-lis). The two pillars of Hercules represent the Straits of Gibraltar and the crowns on each pillar represent the Royal Crown (King of Spain) and the Imperial Crown (Holy Roman Emperor). The inscription "Plus Ultra" symbolizes the new territories that had been discovered by Christopher Columbus. The Spain Flag was officially adopted on October 5th, 1981 and was designed by Antonio Valdes Y Bazan and was chosen by Charles III of Spain. It is also referred to as "La Rojigualda" which translates as the "Red-weld."

Spain is a country that is located in Europe and shares borders with the Mediterranean Sea, France, Andorra, Bay of Biscay, Portugal, and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two island groups, which are the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands. The largest and capital city of Spain is Madrid and the second largest city is Barcelona. The tourism industry in Spain is one of the largest in the world and it is thought that there are more tourists in Spain than there are residents.

Geographic Coordinates
40 00 N, 4 00 W
Area
505,370 sq km
Population
40,548,753
Life Expectancy
80.18 years
Government Type
Parliamentary Monarchy
Capital
Madrid
GDP
$1.368 trillion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
18% (2009 est.)
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Calling Code
+34
Internet TLD
.es

Spain National Anthem

The Royal March (La marcha real)

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Lyrics

Glory, glory, crown of the Fatherland
sovereign light
which in your standard is gold.

Life, life, future of the Fatherland,
in your eyes it is
an open heart

Purple and gold: immortal flag;
in your colors, together, flesh and soul are.

Purple and gold: to want and to achieve;
You are, flag, the sign of human effort.

Glory, glory, crown of the Fatherland
sovereign light
which in your standard is gold.

Purple and gold: immortal flag;
in your colors, together, flesh and soul are.