People holding the Roma flag

The Roma flag

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The Roma flag

This is the flag that unites the Roma across borders.

The blue is for sky and spiritual values. Green is for earth, and the red wheel acknowledges the historical ties to India.

Roma people have lived in Sweden since at least the 16th century, but it took until 2000 for Sweden to recognise the Roma as an official minority. Today, the Roma culture and language (Romani Chib) are protected by Swedish law.

In 2012, the Swedish government launched a long-term strategy that aims to achieve equal opportunities for Roma people by 2032, with particular focus on the principle of non-discrimination.

International Roma Day commemorates the first World Romani Congress held in London on 8 April 1971, a meet that resulted in the common flag and the Romani anthem ‘Gelem, Gelem’.