International Federation of Vexillological Associations

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International Federation of
Vexillological Associations
Formation7 September 1969; 53 years ago (1969-09-07)
TypeInternational association
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, U.S.
London, United Kingdom[1]
51 associations and institutions[2]
Official languages
French, English, German, Spanish[1]
Željko Heimer [sh][3]
Michel R. Lupant, former president of FIAV

The International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV, French acronym: Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques) is an international federation[4] of 53 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 formalised by Whitney Smith in 1957.[5] He then moved to organize various flag organisations and meetings including the first International Congress of Vexillology[5] in 1965[6] and International Federation of Vexillological Associations.[5]

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


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.[7] 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]

Abrv. Name Country (& Territory)
AAV Bandera de AAV.svg Argentina Vexillology Association  Argentina
ACV Bandera ACV.svg Catalonian Vexillological Association [ca]  Spain ( Catalonia)
BDA Flag of BDA.SVG Burgee Data Archives  Canada
BHVS Flag of BHVS.svg Bulgarian Heraldry and Vexillology Society [bg]  Bulgaria
BS Bandiere Storiche ONLUS  Italy
CBFA Flag of CBFA.svg Chesapeake Bay Flag Association  USA ( Delaware,  Washington DC,  Maryland,  New Jersey,  Pennsylvania,  Virginia,  West Virginia)
CEBED Flag of CEBED.svg Belgo-European Studies Center for Flags  Belgium
CFA Flag of CFA.svg The Canadian Flag Association  Canada
CIDEC Flag of CIDEC.svg Foundation Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Studies  Argentina
CISV Flag of CISV.svg Italian Centre of Vexillological Studies  Italy
CONAVEX Bandera de la Corporación Nacional de Vexilología de Chile.svg Corporación Nacional de Vexilología de Chile [es]  Chile
CVS Flag of CVS.svg Czech Vexillological Society [cs]  Czechia
DGF Flag of DGF.svg German Flag Society [de]  Germany
FHF Flag of FHF.svg Flag Heritage Foundation  USA
FI Flag of the FI.svg The Flag Institute  UK
FOTW Flag of FOTW.svg Flags of the World Worldwide (Based in  Canada)
FRC Flag of FRC.svg The Flag Research Center [es]  USA
FSA Flag of FSA.svg Flag Society of Australia  Australia
GHVI Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology  Lithuania
GSI Vexillology Ireland Flag.svg Genealogical Society of Ireland  Ireland
GWAV Flag of GWAV.svg Great Waters Association of Vexillology  USA ( Illinois,  Indiana,  Kentucky,  Michigan,  Ohio)
HGZD Croatian Heraldic and Vexillological Association  Croatia
HS Heraldica Slovenica  Slovenia
HVK Heraldic Society "The Clover Leaf" [de]  Germany
IHW Flag of IHW.svg Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology [pl]  Poland
IVA Flag of IVA.svg Indian Vexillological Association  India
JAVA Flag of JAVA.svg Japanese Vexillological Association  Japan
KVV Breton Vexillological Society Flag.svg Breton Vexillology Society [fr]  France ( Brittany)
NAVA Flag of NAVA.svg North American Vexillological Association North America ( USA &  Canada)
NEVA Flag of NEVA.svg New England Vexillological Association  USA ( Connecticut,  Maine,  Massachusetts,  New Hampshire,  Rhode Island,  Vermont)
NF Flag of Nordisk Flaggsallskap.svg Nordic Flag Society Kalmar Union Nordic Europe ( Denmark,  Finland,  Iceland,  Norway,  Sweden)
NVvV Flag of NVvV.svg Dutch Association for Vexillology [nl]  Netherlands
NZFA Flag of NZFA.svg New Zealand Flag Association  New Zealand
MGD MHS banner.png Macedonian Heraldic Society  North Macedonia
PFA Flag of PFA.svg Portland Flag Association  USA ( Oregon)
PH Flag of PH.svg Partioheraldikot r.y.  Finland
PTW Flag of PTW.svg Polish Vexillology Society [ru]  Poland
RCVH Flag of RCVH.svg Russian Centre of Vexillology and Heraldry  Russia
SAVA Flag of SAVA.svg Southern African Vexillological Association Southern African Development Community Southern Africa ( Angola,  Botswana,  Lesotho,  Madagascar,  Malawi,  Mozambique,  Namibia,  South Africa,  Eswatini,  Zambia,  Zimbabwe)
SCHG Flag of SCHG.svg State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia  Georgia
SEV Flag of SEV.svg Spanish Society of Vexillology  Spain
SFV Flag of SFV.svg French Society of Vexillology  France
SGHAPG Flag of SGHAPG.svg Society of Genealogy, Heraldry and Archivist "Paul Gore"  Moldova
SSV Drapeau de la Société suisse de vexillologie.svg Swiss Society for Vexillology   Switzerland
SVB Flag of SVB.svg Belgium Vexillology Society  Belgium
SVI Flag of SVI.svg Flag Data Center  Czechia
SVPR Flag of SVPR (No Lettering).svg Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation [nl]  Netherlands
THVA Transylvanian Heraldic and Vexillological Association  Romania ( Transylvania)
UHT Flag of UHT.svg Ukrainian Heraldry Society  Ukraine
VAST Flag of VAST.svg Vexillological Association of the State of Texas  USA ( Texas)
VRCC Flag of VRCC.svg Vexillological Research Center of China  China
VSS Vexillological Society (Singapore)  Singapore
WVRI Flag of WVRI.svg World Vexillological Research Institute  Germany

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.[7]

Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology (ICV) with assistance of a local organizing committee.[8] The Congresses have been held in:

ICV 30 is planned to be held in Beijing (China) in 2024.

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 3 September 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.[12]

FIAV Honours and Medals[edit]

Many awards and medals are given out to members of the FIAV or members of an FIAV associated Organization for various reasons.[13] The two medals that come with post-nominals are the LAUREATES OF THE FEDERATION who get LF and the FELLOWS OF THE FEDERATION who get FF.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "FIAV Constitution". FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "FIAV Membership List". FIAV. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "FIAV Officers". FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "About vexillology". Vexillology. The Flag Institute. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Vulliamy, Elsa (December 15, 2015). "Which flag is it? Take our quiz to find out". The Independent. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Consider Vexillology". SemiotiX. Semioticon. May 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Koziol, Michael (September 1, 2015). "World experts fly the flag in Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Mercer, Phil (14 July 2015). "What do our flags say about us?". Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "ICV27 - London 2017". 27th International Congress of Vexillology. Flag Institute. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  10. ^ Biediger, Shari (July 4, 2019). "Dixie Flag Stitches Banners with Pride and Patriotism". Rivard Report. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "ICV29 - Ljubljana 2022". 29th International Congress of Vexillology. Heraldica Slovenica. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  12. ^ "FIAV - Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques". Flags of the World. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  13. ^ "Home - North American Vexillological Association".

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