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Vepsia (Russia)

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Vepsian flag image by Tomislav Todorovic, 15 September 2018
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Description of the flag

The Vepsian flag is a green [blue] field with a blue cross with yellow borders. Andersson [and92] [and94] does not mention this one.
Jan Oskar Engene, 20 Mar 1996

The Vepsian flag, a green [blue] field with a blue Scandinavian cross bordered yellow, was “adopted” in June 1992 at the Vepsian Summer Festival in the Vepsian national village of Kalajoki (Rybreka) near lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia. The colours of the flag symbolise the forests, rivers, lakes and fields of the region. I am not aware of the exact shades but I would suppose that the green is the same as in the East Karelian flag.
Marco Pribilla, 10 Jan 2003

According to [lau97], the Vepsian flag uses the same proportions as the East Karelian flag.
Marco Pribilla, 10 Jan 2003

This flag, with medium blue, is listed under number 89 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as: «Vepsians - North-West Russia».
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999

At this site: https://cr2.livejournal.com/460975.html (photo) a photo of a Vepsian flag is presented, which was taken at the Vepsian Ethnographic Museum in the village of Shyoltozero, Karelia in 2015. On this flag, the cross is in a shade of blue which is lighter than FOTW color B, but darker than B-. It is also visibly wider and its vertical arms are a bit closer to the hoist than in the East Karelian flag.
   In the photo, field color looks like a greenish shade of blue. Through my correspondence with Viktor Lomantsov (August-Spetember 2018), I have learned that it is actually a distinctive shade of green called "sea wave green" in Russian, which often looks very close to blue in the photos. The flag image employing these shades is now also presented at Vexillographia website: http://www.vexillographia.ru/russia/minority.htm.
Tomislav Todorovic
, 15 September 2018


Presentation

The Vepsians, also known as Veps, speak a language belonging to the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family. They live in the area south of Karelia, between the lakes Ladoga and Onega [in Leninigrad Region]. In the 1989 Soviet census, they were numbered at 12 501.
Jan Oskar Engene, 20 Mar 1996