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The national flag of Estonia (Eesti lipp) is a tricolour featuring three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), black, and white. The normal size is 105 ×. In Estonian it is colloquially called the "sinimustvalge", after the colors of the bands.

First adopted on 21 November 1918 after its independence, it was used as a national flag until 1940 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. After World War II, from 1944 to 1990, the Soviet Estonian flag consisted first of a generic red Soviet flag with the name of the republic, then changed to the red flag with a band of blue water waves near the bottom. The Estonian flag, which was also used by the Estonian government-in-exile, was officially re-adopted 7 August 1990 one year before its official restoration of independence.

The story of the flag begins 17 September 1881, when the constituent Assembly of the first Estonian national student Corps "Vironia" (modern Estonian Students Society) in the city of Tartu was also identified in color, later became national.

The flag became associated with Estonian nationalism and was used as the national flag (riigilipp) when the Estonian Declaration of Independence was issued on February 24, 1918. The flag was formally adopted on November 21, 1918. December 12, 1918, was the first time the flag was raised as the national symbol atop of the Pikk Hermann Tower in Tallinn.

The invasion by the Soviet Union in June 1940 led to the flag's ban. It was taken down from the most symbolic location, the tower of Pikk Hermann in Tallinn, on June 21, 1940, when Estonia was still formally independent. On the next day, 22 June, it was hoisted along with the red flag. The tricolour disappeared completely from the tower on July 27, 1940, and was replaced by the flag of the Estonian SSR.

During the German occupation from 1941 until 1944, the flag was accepted as the ethnic flag of Estonians but not the national flag. After the German retreat from Tallinn in September 1944, the Estonian flag was hoisted once again.

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Country - Estonia

Estonia (Eesti ), officially the Republic of Estonia (Eesti Vabariik), is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45227 km2, water 2839 km2, land area 42388 km2, and is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the second most spoken Finnic language.

The territory of Estonia has been inhabited since at least 9,000 B.C. Ancient Estonians were some of the last European pagans to be Christianized, following the Livonian Crusade in the 13th century. After centuries of successive rule by Germans, Danes, Swedes, Poles and Russians, a distinct Estonian national identity began to emerge in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This culminated in independence from Russia in 1920 after a brief War of Independence at the end of World War I. Initially democratic, after the Great Depression Estonia was governed by authoritarian rule since 1934 during the Era of Silence. During World War II (1939–1945), Estonia was repeatedly contested and occupied by the Soviet Union and Germany, ultimately being incorporated into the former as the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. After the loss of its de facto independence, Estonia's de jure state continuity was preserved by diplomatic representatives and the government-in-exile. In 1987 the peaceful Singing Revolution began against Soviet rule, resulting in the restoration of de facto independence on 20 August 1991.
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Flag of Estonia (English)  Bandiera dell'Estonia (Italiano)  Vlag van Estland (Nederlands)  Drapeau de l'Estonie (Français)  Flagge Estlands (Deutsch)  Bandeira da Estónia (Português)  Флаг Эстонии (Русский)  Bandera de Estonia (Español)  Flaga Estonii (Polski)  爱沙尼亚国旗 (中文)  Estlands flagga (Svenska)  Drapelul Estoniei (Română)  エストニアの国旗 (日本語)  Прапор Естонії (Українська)  Национално знаме на Естония (Български)  에스토니아의 국기 (한국어)  Viron lippu (Suomi)  Bendera Estonia (Bahasa Indonesia)  Estijos vėliava (Lietuvių)  Estlands flag (Dansk)  Estonská vlajka (Česky)  Estonya bayrağı (Türkçe)  Застава Естоније (Српски / Srpski)  Eesti lipp (Eesti)  Vlajka Estónska (Slovenčina)  Észtország zászlaja (Magyar)  Zastava Estonije (Hrvatski)  ธงชาติเอสโตเนีย (ไทย)  Igaunijas karogs (Latviešu)  Σημαία της Εσθονίας (Ελληνικά)  Quốc kỳ Estonia (Tiếng Việt) 
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