Flag of Bavaria

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Flag of Bavaria (striped).svg
Name Streifenflagge[1] (striped flag)
Use Civil and state flag, civil and state ensign
Proportion 3:5
Adopted Historical
Design A bicolor of white over blue.
Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg
Variant flag of Bavaria
Name Rautenflagge[1] (lozenge flag)
Use Civil and state flag, civil and state ensign
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 1953
Design An array of 21 or more lozenges of blue and white, with or without arms.

There are officially two flags of Bavaria: the striped type, and the lozenge type, both of which are white and blue. Both flags are historically associated with the royal Bavarian Wittelsbach family, which ruled Bavaria from 1180 to 1918.[2]


Both horizontal and vertical flags with stripes or white and blue lozenges without arms can be considered official for use as state and civil flag and as civil ensign (on lakes and rivers), the variants defaced with the arms are unofficial. However, the de facto civil flag used is in most cases a lozenge-style flag with the arms and a very popular symbol of regional pride used and displayed throughout the state.[citation needed]

The exact shade of blue has never been codified, but most flags used by the public are approximately RGB 0-204-255; official use something closer to RGB 0-128-255. The lozenges are neither set in number, except there must be at least 21, and the top right (incomplete) lozenge must be white,[3] some Bavarians believe the lozenges to be representative of the lakes and rivers of Bavaria; or their color to be that of the lakes or the sky or both (as in the Bavarian anthem, which says "die Farben Seines Himmels, Weiß und Blau" – "the colors of His sky/heaven, white and blue"); but this has never been proven. The other argument is that they are historical.

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  1. ^ a b "Flag Legislation (Bavaria, Germany), Executive Order on Flags of 1954". Flags of the World. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Whitney Smith (1975), Flags Through the Ages and Across the World 
  3. ^ Marcus Schmöger (2001-01-28), Verwaltungsanordnung über die bayerischen Staatsflaggen (in German), retrieved 2008-11-24  (Translated.)