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Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa

S.C.M.L. flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 07 Oct 1997

The Lisbon Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa), created in the last century with the main objective to provide help to the poor, as a charity organization, with strong connections with the Church. It’s not the only Holy House of Mercy that exists in Portugal, there are quite a few more, but it’s by far the richest and the better known. I don’t really know much of it’s history and legal status, but I do know that it has had the responsability of managing the profits of most of the legal gambling (lotteries, lottos a.s.o.). It has a very complex arms and a flag, the arms on a white background. The arms consists of a golden scroll reading "MISERICÓRDIA / DE LISBOA" in black capitals, a few green branches that hold two tilted and symmetrical to each other oval sields, one being an oval depiction of the portuguese traditional arms, and the other one containing a white skull and crossbones below a golden cross and the letters "MIZA". The whole thing is topped by a 5-stemmed crown.
Jorge Candeias, 03 Oct 1997

Expo ’98

Expo ’98
image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Oct 1997

I have mentioned to the list several times before Expo’98, an international exhibition that will take place in Lisbon next year. It will be a thematic event under the theme «The oceans — a heritage for the future». More than 100 countries and organizations will be there, so it will be a major event.

Like other similar events, Expo’98 has a flag of its own. It is, of course, just a logo-on-bedsheet flag, but, since the logo is in my humble opinion a particularly beautiful one, I like the flag quite a lot. The flag is white, with the logo in its superior 2/3 and "EXPO’98" below in dark blue. Above and towards the right, appears the word "LISBOA" in smaller font, also in dark blue.

The logo is basically a blue ellipse raised to the right with white wavy lines that compose the character "E", representing the oceans and their waves, with the "E" for the expo itself. Near the leftmost zone of the “oceanic” ellipse, a yellow semicircle represents the rising sun.

Jorge Candeias, 15 Oct 1997

Movimento de Apoio à Problemática da SIDA

University of the Algarve
image by Jorge Candeias, 26 Mar 1998

MAPS is a portuguese AIDS-related NGO (non-governmental organization), and the sigla means "Movimento de Apoio à Problemática da SIDA", that is "Movement for Support of AIDS Problematics", or something of the sort. It made a 2-day congress in my town not long ago, and I could spot their flag there.

It’s one of the most typical of the most typical LOBs: white with logo. But it’s even worse than ordinary LOBs not only because the logo ain’t that good in itself (a couple of scrawls based on the AIDS campaign ribbons in weird colours — orange and a sort of greenish brown or grey —, the sigla in black and the full name also in black) but because it’s disposed strangely, slightly curving upwards to the right (note: to the right, not to the fly — I guess this thing is not mirrored in the reverse, though I can’t say ’cause only the obverse was visible), making the whole look quite unstable and unbalanced.

Jorge Candeias, 26 Mar 1998

Clube Naturista do Centro

Clube Naturista do Centro
image by Francisco Santos, 27 May 2003

Clube Naturista do Centro (Naturist Club of the Centre [of Portugal]) «follows naturism by the practice of communal nudity, to improve a more healthful and harmonious life, with respect for each other and for Nature». Their flag is self-explanatory. Francisco Santos, 27 May 2003

Portuguese Hospitals

Júlio de Matos Hospital

[Júlio de Matos hospital] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 June 2005

This is flag of Júlio de Matos Hospital, no doubts about it, as it is spelled across the bottom of this plain dark blue flag in bold golden letters, just under the shield with Portugal ancient. Júlio de Matos, born 1856, was a reknown psychiatrist, and his name was given to this large Psychiatric Hospital, recently (ca.2000) transformed into a Health Care Centre, with most of the original buildings scattered around the hospital park changed from psychiatry to other medical roles. Due to this, the hospital grounds receive many more users than before, and that may be the cause for this flag, which I never had seen before (I lived quite near this hospital in 1973-1996). The flag itself, hoisted daily just inside the main gate, looks new, and the manufacturer's label is visible.
The design is strange because of two things:
1. The use of the national CoA (a ancient variant of it, actually) for a Hospital, even if a State one, as for any other entity (incl. municipalities) is legally discouraged since the thirties, when it was popular; nowadays it is not popular and it is hard to imagine that a flag such as this is a modern (post-1960) creation.
2. One expect that other hospitals would have identical flags, variying only the writing. And yet I never seen such a hospital flag, neither had any body else, neither something like it shows up vexillological literature.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 June 2005

Lisbon Central Psychological Hospital

[Central Psychological hospital] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Apr 2009

Strange as it was, it is not used anymore - a couple of months ago, I noticed it was replaced by a white flag with the hospital logo on it. This shows a dark blue pattern of squares shaping the letters "CHPL" above the black lettering "Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa", set in 4 lines of sans-serif capitals.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Apr 2009

Coimbra University Hospitals

[Coimbra University hospitals] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Oct 2008

According to a report sent to Lusovex on 19 June 2005 by Luís Miguel Silva, the Coimbra University Hospitals (Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra) fly a white flag with its logo in black and white.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 Oct 2008

Portuguese Plus-Minus-Flag

[Portuguese Plus-Minus-Flag] image by Ivan Sache, 22 Sep 2012 Date: Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:27 pm Subject: maismenos ± (Portugal)

Plus-Minus Portuguese: maismenos; )± is a public critique intervention project by Miguel Januário (* 1981), which questions the social implications of the current economic and social models as well as the political status quo. Starting as a finalist school Project at the Faculty of Arts in the University of Porto, the project evolved to challenge the responsibilities and the role of the artist and designer within those models. His conceptual program emerges synthesized in the form of verbal and visual equations on simplicity and opposites: more/less (in Portuguese "mais/menos"), positive/negative, black/white.
One of maismenos ± 's installations, bearing the writing "± / RESPECT / THE / FLAW" in black letters - "±" and this font are the project's "trademark", includes a flag vertically divided green-red with a yellow "±" in the middle. The flag is shown, "flying" in a video captioned: "Proposal to update the Portuguese flag, together with the increase of the length of the national anthem to two times, reducing the speed to half, institutionalizing in video with a loop editing, first backwards and then forwards. This intends in keeping with the reality of our country." It also "appears" on a photo of a street demonstration.
Ivan Sache, 22 Sep 2012

Lisboa Zoo

[Lisbon Zoo red flag]
2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 Sep 2010
[Lisbon Zoo white flag]
2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Sep 2010

The Lisbon Zoological Garden flies at its main entrance, and possibly in other locations, its flag: red ratio 2:3 with logo in white centred on it (personal observation). Wikipedia presents a previously used version was white with red logo.
The logo is dark red and black on white background in all other uses; it shows an elephant outline in dark red above centred text reading "Lisboa Jardim Zoológico Portugal" in for lines, the middle ones set in black serifed roman monumental capitals and the top and bottom ones in dark red formal modern cursive hand. This logo was adopted around the mid 1990ies. The Lisbon Zoo (official full name Jardim Zoollógico e de Aclimação de Lisboa) opened in 1884.
For further information click here.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 24/25 Sep 2010

Tourism of Portugal

[Portugal Tourism #1]
2:3 image by Zachary Harden, 8 Nov 2016
[Portugal Tourism #2]
2:3 image by Zachary Harden, 8 Nov 2016

Turismo de Portugal (litt.: Tourism of Portugal) is a governmental entity, that mainly promotes the brand of Portugal abroad as a tourism destination; see official webiste [ ]. Its logo changed recently in typographic details; the former logo was shown in their flag, which might change or have changed already, but I failed to see it "in the wild"" yet.
António Martins-Tuválkin,

Family-friendly Municipalities in Portugal Award Flag

[Family-friendly Municipalities in Portugal Award Flag 2013]
2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Nov 2016
[Family-friendly Municipalities in Portugal Award Flag 2015]
2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Nov 2016

The award Autarquia mais familiarmente responsável (styled "AFR - Autarquia + Familiarmente Responsável"®) is given yearly to Portuguese municipalities, which fulfil preset conditions by an organ of the Portuguese Association of Large Families (Associação Portuguesa de Famílias Numerosas), the Observatory of Family-Responsible Local Governments (Observatório de Autarquias Familiarmente Responsáveis). This is a private association and this observatory's funding comes from Millennium BCP - Banco Comercial Português.
The award entitles using signal flags that the awarded municipal goverment may hoist in its facilities, and its design shows the association's logo, with a stylized countour of a family of five, with three children holding hands, the year of the award, its logo , its title abbreviated to "AUTARQUIA + FAMILIARMENTE RESPONSÁVEL", and, for flags being awarded at least 3 years in a row to a given municipality, two large (very stylized) palm fronds (see right image above) - all in white on light green. There may have existed trivially different flag designs for each year. The 2009 flags seem to be the same shade of light green as those in use in later years; the oddly coloured 2010 flag is unique - either one sun-damaged flag or a printing error in that particular copy, but not a design choice for that year.
Source: here
António Martins-Tuválkin and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 22/23/25 Nov 2016

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