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Beni department, Bolivia

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Flag of Beni image by Valentin Poposki and Tomislav Todorovic, 30 August 2020, 2 September 2020
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Beni Department

The Department of Beni has 8 provinces and 19 municipalities. Provinces are Cercado (which is the province where the capital city is located), Antonio Vaca Diez (or Vaca Diez), General Jose Ballivian Segurola (or Ballivian), Yacuma, Mojos (or Moxos), Marban, Mamore, and Itenez. The Province of Antonio Vaca Diez has two municipalities - Riberalta (the administrative center) and Guayaramerin.
Valentin Poposki, 14 June 2020


Description of the flag

The flag of Beni was adopted in the last years and symbolize the landscape of the region. Frequently the shield is in the center.
Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996

There was a plain green flag in the Bolivian flag history, the brief 1854-1855 national flag. Could it have been the source for the dep. flag of Beni?
António Martins, 21 Apr 2006

I was having this in my scope for a long time, but now I found many photos to confirm it. Department of Beni is using green flag with 8 golden stars in a circle, as a second official flag. It can be seen on many photos from the Departmental Chambers. The eight stars represent the eight provinces of Beni.
https://www.facebook.com/Gobernaci%C3%B3n-del-BENI-547678525345569
https://www.facebook.com/TiemposDeLosPueblos/
https://www.facebook.com/Asamblea-Legislativa-Departamental-del-Beni-1052479698144439/
Valentin Poposki, 30 August 2020

Color shades are obviously the same as in the Bolivian national flag. Star size is determined by comparing with the Bolivian naval ensign from the same photo - it is obviously the same in both flags. Relative positions of the stars are approximated after the departmental flag seen in the same photo.
Valentin Poposki, 2 September 2020


Flag with coat of arms

New coat of arms has been accepted in 1992!
Jan Zrzavy, 01 September 1999

I’m not sure which of these is the new coat of arms.
António Martins, 19 November 2000

version #1

Flag of Beni image by António Martins, 19 November 1999

This image uses a coat of arms from www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/krsul.
António Martins, 19 November 1999

version #2

Flag of Beni image by Jarig Bakker and António Martins, 09 May 2004

This coat of arms, from www.bolivian.com/himnos/beni.html, is much better looking, with brighter colors and clearer design — but it is also slightly different: The several scenes depicted on the divisions of the shield are different in many details, and shows the name of the department on the top of the shield, absent from the other version.
António Martins, 19 January 2000


Flag-related departmental anthem

Second stanza of the departmental hymn, from www.bolivian.com/himnos/beni.html:

El verde que flamea en mi bandera,
emblema de esperanza y de grandeza,
es la imagen del Beni, la riqueza
de esta sierra feliz de promisión.
Jarig Bakker, 19 January 2000