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Latgalia People (Latvia)

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Latgalia - Latgola (in Latgalian) - Latgale (in Latvian) is one of four cultural regions of Latvia recognized in the constitution. It differs from the rest of Latvia in religion and dialect (some call it a separate language) More on the subject at <> and at wikipedia.
The flag is dark blue with the silver griffin holding a sword. The griffin on the flag is facing to the left (hoist) while in the Coat of Arms it is in the opposite direction.
When it was in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Latgalia was a heaven for the persecuted in Russia Old-Believers and Jews. During last stages of the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1920, Polish troops occupied the southern portion of Latgalia, but as a gesture of friendship returned it to the newly independent Latvia despite the large Polish population of the area.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 April 2008

Mikhail Revnivtsev (Russo-Vex) found a website showing a new regional flag of Latgalia (Latvia) adopted in 2010. It features the variant of the CoA from the time it was a ward of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Commonwealth of Both Nation) in 16th-17th centuries and based on the personal CoA of the Hetman (Field Marshall) Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (Voievode of the the Province of Inflanty). The website is showing also the flags of Livonia and Suiti, while the flag of Selonia is not shown yet there.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 April 2011

This flag is without any official status (as you can read in - just a private initiative and flagmakers business. Another unofficial, but more often used is this flag.[Proper link fixed. Ed.]
Gvido Pētersons (not from Latgalia), 18 April 2011

My mistake not to mention the unofficial status of the flag. The older flag of Latgalia is already included on our pages and the Selonian one as well.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 18 April 2011

Flag of Latgalens in Latvia
Vanja Poposki posted in I Love Flags, 26 August 2012

Flag of the unofficial region of Latgale

image posted by Vanja Poposki, 12 March 2012