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Richard Foster's message [stating that the supposedly mistaken Andorran arms with blue cows on a green field is actually the arms of Canillo parish] seems to suggest that if parish flags do exist, then they are Andorran flags with the parish coat-of-arms in the place of the Andorran one, which is consistent with previous observations.

Jorge Candeias, 12 Sep 2002

Well guessed, Jorge – but Canillo appears not to have a coat of arms, at least according to Ralf Hartemink's website. Where did Richard get the impression that the blue cows on a green field was the arms of the parish of Canillo?

Santiago Dotor, 05 Jan 2006

I've seen all the Andorran communal emblems and flags, and no one is similar to the state coat of arms. Canillo has an emblem, not a coat of arms. You can see them all here. On the other hand, all communal flags, with exception of that of Andorra la Vella, are the state colours with communal emblem in the centre instead the state coat of arms. Andorra la Vella's flag is banner of arms of communal arms. You can see this one at

Valentin Poposki, 05 Jan 2006

This very small Catalonian-speaking mountain country, landlocked between Spain and and France, is divided in seven parishes, and each of these has an emblem (without graphical homogenity, alas!). There is thin evidence that those emblems on a national flag background (blue, yellow, and red vertical tricolor) are maybe used as parish flags. At the Catalan Wikipedia, the seven parishes of Andorra are listed. At an official website (?), there is a map showing the parish boundaries and links to parish pages, each showing its emblem. Wikimedia Commons has also good-quality renderings of these emblems.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 26 Jul 2009

Well, that's a bit too thin in my not so humble opinion. Even if we would accept the possibility of a flag of this pattern for Andorra la Vella, that wouldn't mean that all the other parishes would use the same pattern. So, without further evidence, I call these images by Antonio pure speculation.

A quick (and certainly not comprehensive) image search done by me did not turn up any Andorran municipal flags used in a few of the expected contexts, only the national flag. Town halls: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; municipal council sessions (or other official occasions): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; mayors: 13, 14, 15.

BTW, a few of the photographs of municipal councils show photos of the two heads-of-state of Andorra in the background: the French president (with the French and EU flag) and the bishop of Urgell (with the Andorran flag), e.g. here.

Marcus Schmöger, 27 Jul 2009

When the Tour de France passed through Andorra, I noticed several flags beside the road which looked like "variations on a theme" of the Andorran national flag, but with so many flags on the tour which could be reported and such fleeting views of most of them I didn't think to take down notes. I'm not saying they were parish flags, they may well have simply been hand-made or poorly-made national Andorran flags seen too quickly to know what was on the central stripe.

James Dignan, 28 Jul 2009

Concerning these flag designs, and apart from what was already pointed out by Marcus – that there is scarce and unclear evidence for one of them and that the conjecture that other six like it may exist is not supported by observations – I should mention that when I made these images I overlooked the fact that the Andorran flag has a wider central stripe, and thus these images should match that spec of 7+8+7.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 Jul 2009