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Italy Flag

The current Italian flag is similar to the French tri-colour, although with green replacing the blue. It is said to be derived from the standard designed by Napoleon during the Italian Campaign of 1796 and was first adopted by the Cisalpine Republic in 1798. One legend has it that the change from the blue of the French flag to green was because green was Napoleon's favourite colour.

In 1802 it became the flag of the Italian Republic, set up by the French, and endured until 1814. This flag was reintroduced in 1848 by the King of Sardinia, who charged the white stripe with the arms of Savoy and in 1861 this became the national flag of the united Italy. In 1946, When the monarchy ended, the arms were removed and the simple tri-colour replaced the older flag. The present flag was officially adopted on 19th June 1946.

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