International Federation of Vexillological Associations

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International Federation of
Vexillological Associations
Flag of FIAV.svg
The flag of the FIAV[1]
Formation7 September 1969; 51 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 51 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 Bulgarian Heraldry and Vexillology Society [bg]  Bulgaria
BS Bandiere Storiche ONLUS  Italy
CBFA Chesapeake Bay Flag Association  USA ( Delaware,  Washington DC,  Maryland,  New Jersey,  Pennsylvania,  Virginia,  West Virginia)
CEBED Belgo-European Studies Center for Flags  Belgium
CFA The Canadian Flag Association  Canada
CIDEC Foundation Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Studies  Argentina
CISV 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 Heritage Foundation  USA
FI Flag of the Flag Institute.svg The Flag Institute  UK
FOTW Flag of FOTW.svg Flags of the World United Nations Worldwide (Based in  Canada)
FRC Flag of FRC.svg The Flag Research Center [es]  USA
FSA Flag Society of Australia.jpg Flag Society of Australia  Australia
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 The Heraldic Society "The Clover Leaf"  Germany
IHW Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology  Poland
IVA Indian Vexillological Association  India
JAVA Japanese Vexillological Association  Japan
KVV Breton Vexillology Society [fr]  France ( Brittany)
MZT Flag of the Hungarian Flag Society.svg Hungarian Flag Society  Hungary
NAVA Flag of NAVA.svg North American Vexillological Association North America ( USA &  Canada)
NEVA New England Vexillological Association  USA ( New England)
NF Flag of Nordisk Flaggsallskap.svg Nordic Flag Society Kalmar Union Nordic Europe ( Denmark,  Finland,  Iceland,  Norway,  Sweden)
NVvV Dutch Association for Vexillology [nl]  Netherlands
NZFA New Zealand Flag Association  New Zealand
MGD Macedonian Heraldic Society  North Macedonia
PFA Flag of the Portland Flag Association.gif Portland Flag Association  USA ( Oregon)
PH Partioheraldikot r.y.  Finland
PTW Polish Vexillology Society [ru]  Poland
RCVH Russian Centre of Vexillology and Heraldry  Russia
SAVA SAVA flag.gif Southern African Vexillological Association Southern African Development Community Southern Africa ( Angola,  Botswana,  Lesotho,  Madagascar,  Malawi,  Mozambique,  Namibia,

 South Africa,  Eswatini,  Zambia,  Zimbabwe)

SCHG State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia  Georgia
SEV Flag of SEV.svg Spanish Society of Vexillology  Spain
SFV Drapeau de la Société française de vexillologie.svg French Society of Vexillology  France
SGHAPG Society of Genealogy, Heraldry and Archivist "Paul Gore"  Moldova
SSV Drapeau de la Société suisse de vexillologie.svg Swiss Society for Vexillology   Switzerland
SVB Belgium Vexillology Society  Belgium
SVI Flag Data Center  Czechia
SVPR Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation [nl]  Netherlands
UHT Ukrainian Heraldry Society  Ukraine
VAST Vexillological Association of the State of Texas  USA ( Texas)
VRCC Vexillological Research Center of China  China
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 29 will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2022.

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.[11]

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.[12] 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 Constitution. FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "FIAV Membership List". FIAV Membership List. FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  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. ^ 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. ICV. 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. ^ "FIAV - Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques". Flags of the World. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
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