International Federation of Vexillological Associations

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International Federation of
Vexillological Associations
Flag of FIAV.svg
The flag of the FIAV[1]
FormationSeptember 7, 1969
TypeInternational association
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, U.S.
London, United Kingdom[1]
55 associations and institutions[2]
Official languages
French, English, German, Spanish[1]
Michel R. Lupant[3]
Michel R. Lupant, president of FIAV

The International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV, French acronym: Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques) is an international federation[4] of 52 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions across the globe that study vexillology, which FIAV defines in its constitution as "the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge."


The study of flags, or vexillology, was formalized by Whitney Smith in 1957. He then moved to organize various flag organizations and meetings including the first Congress of Vexillology and International Federation of Vexillological Associations.[5]

The FIAV was provisionally organized on September 3, 1967, at the Second International Congress of Vexillology held in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and officially created on September 7, 1969, at the Third International Congress of Vexillology held in Boston, Massachusetts.


FIAV has a three-person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses.[1] The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly,[1] which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology.[6] The FIAV General Assembly is composed of a delegate from each of FIAV’s members. The General Assembly elects the Board and is responsible for setting policy.[1]


The current members of the FIAV Board are:


Current members of FIAV are:[2]

International Congresses of Vexillology[edit]

The International Congress of Vexillology is a week long biennial conference. A Congress consists of vexillology presentations, FIAV's General Assembly and flag display tours.[6]

Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology (ICV). The Congresses have been held in:

ICV 28 will be held in San Antonio, Texas in 2019.[citation needed]

FIAV flag[edit]

The FIAV flag was initially designed by Klaes Sierksma and slightly modified by the organizing committee of the Second International Congress of Vexillology. The flag was introduced on September 3, 1967. Its description is, "On a blue field, extending horizontally from hoist to fly, two yellow halyards forming two interlaced loops." The knot formed is a sheet bend. The color blue is defined as Pantone Matching System U293 and the color yellow is defined as Pantone Matching System U123. Flags for the three officers were approved in 1999, having been designed by the former FIAV president, William Crampton.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "FIAV Constitution". FIAV Constitution. FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "FIAV Membership List". FIAV Membership List. FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "FIAV Officers". FIAV Officers. FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "About vexillology". Vexillology. The Flag Institute. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  5. ^ Vulliamy, Elsa (December 15, 2015). "Which flag is it? Take our quiz to find out". Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Koziol, Michael (September 1, 2015). "World experts fly the flag in Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "ICV27 - London 2017". 27th International Congress of Vexillology. ICV. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ "FIAV - Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques". Flags of the World. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-27.

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