Flag of Schleswig-Holstein

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Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg
Name Landesflagge
Use Civil flag
Proportion 3:5 (or 1:2)
Adopted 1948
Design A horizontal tricolour of blue, white, and red.
Flag of Schleswig-Holstein (state).svg
Variant flag of Schleswig-Holstein
Name Landesdienstflagge des Landes Schleswig-Holstein
Use State flag
Proportion 3:5 (or 1:2)
Adopted 1948
Design The civil flag with the addition of the coat of arms.

The flag of Schleswig-Holstein is a horizontal tricolour of blue, white, and red.


The flag was introduced in 1843 and banned in 1845. It was reintroduced in 1867 after the Prussian annexation of Schleswig-Holstein. It was again abolished in 1935.[1]

After the British Military Government made Schleswig-Holstein a German state in 1946, this flag was first hoisted after some debate on 29 August 1946. It was formally established as the flag on 18 January 1957.[1] The plain tricolour is the state's civil flag. Government authorities use the state flag (Landesdienstflagge), where the flag is defaced by the state coat of arms.[1]

The tricolour was previously used for the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein (1868-1946).

It is almost identical to the flags of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia-Montenegro, as well as the flag of the Netherlands inverted.


  1. ^ a b c "Flag Legislation (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)". Flags of the World. 1957-01-18. Retrieved 2008-03-19.  English translation of relevant laws (German version here)

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