The language of Galicia is Galician, which is spoken by a majority of the population and is closely related to Portuguese. Spanish is also co-official. The population of Galicia is 2,762,198 . The capital city is Santiago de Compostela; the most populous cities are Vigo and A Coruña.
The modern Flag of Galicia was created in the 19th century as a copy of the naval flag of the Galician city of A Coruña.
During the 19th century many thousands of Galicians were emigrating to the Americas. A Coruña was the main Galician port where most of them departed from. Tradition has it that the Galician emigrants thought that the A Coruña naval flag flying on the emigrant ships was actually the flag of Galicia. Therefore, when they arrived to the new world they started flying the A Coruña naval flag, believing that it was the flag of Galicia. Years later, the flag crossed the Atlantic back to the homeland, where it was officially adopted as the new national flag of Galicia.