List of flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This is a list of flags which have been, or are still today, used in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For more information on these flags see article: Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg 1998 – present Flag of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina A blue field with a wide medium blue vertical band on the fly side with a yellow isosceles triangle abutting the band and the top edge of the flag.
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1998).svg 1992 – 1998 Flag of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina A white field with the Bosnian Fleur-de-lis in the centre.

Entity flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996-2007).svg 1995 – 2007 Flag of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina A vertical tricolour of red (for the Bosnian Croats), white, and green (for the Bosniaks), with a coat of arms on the wide central band on which the green arms and golden fleur-de-lys represents the Bosniaks, and the checked shield the Bosnian Croats.

The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina voted against the use of the current flag of the Federation declaring it unconstitutional.[1] On 31 March 2007, the Constitutional Court placed its decision into the "Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina" officially removing the flag and coat of arms of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]

Flag of Republika Srpska.svg 1995 – present Flag of Republika Srpska A horizontal tricolour of red, blue, and white.

Cantonal flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Una-Sana.svg 1999 – Flag of Una-Sana Canton
BiH Posavina Canton flag.svg 2000 – Flag of Posavina Canton
Flag of Tuzla Canton.svg 1999 – Flag of Tuzla Canton
Flag of Zenica-Doboj Canton.svg 2000 – Flag of Zenica-Doboj Canton
Flag of Bosnian Podrinje.svg 2001 – Flag of Bosnian Podrinje Canton
Flag of Central Bosnia.svg 2003 – Flag of Central Bosnia Canton
Flag of Herzegovina-Neretva.svg 2004 – Flag of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton
Flag of the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia.svg 2003 – Flag of West Herzegovina Canton
Flag of Sarajevo Canton.svg 1999 – Flag of Sarajevo Canton
Flag of the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia.svg 1996 - 1997 Flag of Canton 10 Deemed unconstitutional by the Federation Constitutional Court in 1997 because "it only represented one group".[3]

Military flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Logo of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg 1992 – 1995 Flag of Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina This flag of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted in 1992.

Western Herzegovina 1760 flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Western Herzegovina.svg 1760s Flag of Western Herzegovina used by Bosniak landlords in border parts in southern and western Herzegovina. The flag was most commonly used in wars. It also accompanied Bosnian troops during the second siege of Hotin (Bukowina). A green field with a white crescent and star pointing toward the hoist.

Bosnian Revolt of 1830s Flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Bosnia (1831-1832).svg 1831 Flag of the Bosnian Revolt by Husein Gradaščević in the 1830s to get autonomy from the Ottoman Empire. A green field with a yellow crescent and star pointing away from the hoist.

Independent Bosnia 1878[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Independent Bosnia (1878).svg 1878 Flag of Bosnia. In 1878 Bosnia existed briefly as an independent nation.[citation needed] Very similar to the flag used by Husein Gradaščević's revolt of 1830: a green field with a yellow crescent and star facing away from the hoist, but with a more curved crescent, like a typical Islamic crescent moon symbol.

Austro-Hungarian Rule[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Bosnia (1878-1908).svg 1878 – 1908 Flag of the occupied Province of Bosnia A red and yellow horizontal bicolour with a shield. The Province of Herzegovina used a similar flag but with the colors reversed (a yellow and red bicolour).
Flag of Bosnia (1908-1918).svg 1908 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina after Austro-Hungarian annexation. A red and yellow horizontal bicolour.

Former Yugoslavia Period[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg 1945 – 1991 Flag of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Very similar to Yugoslavia's old flag. A red field (symbolizing the socialism and communism in Yugoslavia at the time) with the Yugoslav flag in the canton.

Alternative Flag Variations (change of flag)[edit]

First Set of Proposals[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
BiH flag proposal (three nations).svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. First alternative in the first set of proposals. Similar to the flag of the Czech Republic. A green and red horizontal bicolour with a blue triangle in the hoist.
Flag of BiH (first set of proposals 2).svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Second alternative in the first set of proposals. Similar to the flag of the United Nations. A light blue field with a branch of wheat.
Flag of BiH (First set of proposal 3).svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Third alternative in the first set of proposals. A blue field with an outline of the map of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Second Set of Proposals[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
BiH zastava 2.PNG Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. First alternative in the second set of proposals. A red, white, and blue diagonal tricolour with a silhouette map of Bosnia and Herzegovina within a circle of 10 gold 5-pointed stars.
Flag of BiH Second set of proposal 2.svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Second alternative in the second set of proposals. A red, white, and blue diagonal tricolour with a silhouette map of Bosnia and Herzegovina within a circle of 12 gold 5-pointed stars.
Flag of BiH Second set of proposal 3.svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Third alternative in the second set of proposals. A red, white, and blue diagonal tricolour with a yellow silhouette map of Bosnia and Herzegovina outlined in green within two green olive branches.
Flag of BiH Second set of proposal 4.svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fourth alternative in the second set of proposals. A red, white, and blue tricolour with a yellow silhouette map of Bosnia and Herzegovina outlined in green within two green olive branches.

Third Set of Proposals[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
First Westendorp Proposal of BiH flag.svg Proposed, used briefly in 1998 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. First alternative in the third set of proposals (the Westendorp proposals). Identical to the national flag that was adopted, but with a field of light blue that the flag of the United Nations uses.
Second Westendorp Proposal of BiH flag.svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Second alternative in the third set of proposals (the Westendorp proposals). A field of light blue that the flag of the United Nations uses with three gold and two white stripes, interleaved so as to form a rectangle in the centre.
Flag of BiH (third Westendorp proposal).svg Proposed, never used Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Third alternative in the third set of proposals (the Westendorp proposals). A field of light blue that the flag of the United Nations uses with five gold and five white stripes, interleaved so as to form a triangle in the centre.

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