Bosnian Flag

Bosnian Flag



Flag of Bosnian - Description of the Bosnian Flag
  • As the above picture of the Bosnian Flag indicates the overall background is blue and yellow
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Bosnian flag represent the following:
    • Yellow - a symbol of generosity
    • Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

  • The shape and flag ratio of the Bosnian flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )
  • The right half of the flag is called the Fly and pictures a wide medium blue vertical band
  • A yellow isosceles triangle is adjacent to the band and the top of the flag
  • There are seven full five-pointed white stars and and two half stars
  • The stars are positioned top and bottom along the hypotenuse of the triangle
  • The stars are meant to be infinite in number and they therefore continue from top to bottom
  • The Meaning & History of the Bosnian Flag - The three points of the triangle represent the three-nations of Bosnia the Croats, Bosnians and Serbs

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Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
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Bosnian Flag Etiquette
  • Bosnian Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Bosnian as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Bosnian
    • State Flag of Bosnian
    • Military Flag of Bosnian (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Bosnian
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Bosnian Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Bosnian should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Bosnian flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Bosnian should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Bosnian flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Bosnian, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a new flag
Terminology & Etiquette in Bosnian Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Bosnian flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Bosnian flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Bosnian flag to the top, then lowering the Bosnian Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Bosnian flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Bosnian flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Bosnian flag
  • The Bosnian flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Bosnian flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Bosnian flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Bosnian Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Bosnian Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource
  • Bosnian Land Size : 51,129 sq km
  • BosnianClimate / Weather winters; mild, rainy winters along coast
  • Bosnian Population : 4,007,608 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : N/A
  • Capital City of Bosnia-Herzegovina : Sarajevo
  • Bosnian GDP : $24.39 billion (2003 est.)
  • Bosnian Main Industries :  steel, coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, manganese, bauxite, vehicle assembly, textiles, tobacco products, wooden furniture, tank and aircraft assembly, domestic appliances, oil refining
  • Currency of Bosnia-Herzegovina : marka (BAM)
  • Bosnian Agricultural products : wheat, corn, fruits, vegetables; livestock
  • Main Colors of Bosnian Flag : Blue and yellow
Concise History of Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina & its Flag
  • Bosnia was part of the Roman Empire
  • Slavs settled the Bosnian region in the 7th century
  • In the 9th century the nations of Serbia and Croatia split control of Bosnia
  • In the 11th & 12th century the nation of Hungary controlled Bosnia
  • In 1463 the Ottoman Turks conquered the Bosnian region
  • In 1878 it was given to Austria-Hungary as a colony
  • A Serb nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, assassinated the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo which played a major role in initiating the start of World War 1
  • In 1918 Bosnia became part of the South Slav state of Yugoslavia
  • World War II - Bosnia was given to Croatia
  • The 1950's saw the establishment of the Communist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia under Tito
  • Inter-ethnic civil war for three years from 1992 until 1995 between the Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats
  • Peace agreement was signed in Paris on December 14, 1995
  • The Agreement divided Bosnia and Herzegovina roughly equally between the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb Republika Srpska
  • The national flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted on February 4, 1998

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Location: South-eastern Europe,
bordering the Adriatic Sea
and Croatia

The Flag and Nation of Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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