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by Jan Oskar Engene
adopted 25 November 1945

by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the Flag

In white, a red eagle with a wreath around the head. This flag often has no shield, but has a white disc, visible only in the red part.
Zeljko Heimer, 1996

The use of a circle is slowly dying out and the shield is becoming more used.
Peter Diem, 16 August 2002

Peter Diem's book, Die Symbole Österreichs shows the flag with the shield. Smith shows it without the shield. I have seen flags without the shield in Austria. Smith says that this flag is 'de facto', i.e., without firm legal background, so it is possible that there are variations in use.
Jan Oskar Engene, 11 April 1996

The colors white and green are also as the Tyrolean colors. These are called "Schützen", the plural of "Schütze" (archer) and derives from "schießen" (to shoot).
Peter Holzleitner, 28 July 1997

These can be also displayed as a flag. The flag of Südtirol (South Tyrol) in Italy is the same flag as Austrian Tirol (white over red) but is hung vertically (white | red). On it appears the arms of Südtirol, which look like those of Tyrol, but which are different. These arms are the very first arms of Tyrol, and are a reproduction of the arms of Tyrol found on an altar in the castle of Tyrol. On the flag, under the arms, appear in black the letters "SÜDTIROL".
Pascal Vagnat, 27 March 1996

The flag with the eagle is for public buildings and offices, it is the government flag, without eagle for private, sometimes on private house they hoist also the flag with the eagle. There is a different eagle for the Austrian Tyrol and the Autonomous province of Bozen-South-Tyrol. You can find the correct picture of the eagle on
Karl Palfrader 14 March 1999

I must add that I saw also a variant where the eagle was in shield (and even one with the inscription Tyrol in the top of the shield) but this was in a flag shop in Vienna, so I trust the Tyrolean one.
Dov Gutterman 14 March 1999

Coat of Arms

by Dr. Peter Diem

Das Tiroler Wappen zeigt in silbernem Schild einen roten, golden bekrönten nach heraldisch rechts blickenden Adler mit goldenen Waffen, mit goldenen Flügelspangen mit Kleeblattenden und einemnach oben offenen grünen Kranz hinter seinem Haupt.
Peter Diem, 16 August 2002

The Tyrolean coat of arms shows a red eagle on a silver shield with a golden crown. The eagle looks to the heraldic right and is armed with golden claws and legs, golden bars in the wings ending in a shamrock and a green wreath, open on the top, behind its head.
J. Patrick Fisher
, 19 August 2002

Arms, argent, an eagle displayed gules, crowned, beaked and membered or and with Kleestengel also or, the head wreathed vert.
Mike Oettle, 19 August 2002


by Antonio Martins 30 April 1999

You can find the South Tyrolian flag on
Karl Palfrader 14 March 1999

From (translated from Italian):
"On 5 May 1920 at the Gardena pass, the representatives of the five Ladin formerly Tyrolian valleys assembled to protest against the refusal of self-decision and to ask for being recognized as a distinguished ethnic group; it appeared the Ladin flag, horizontally striped light blue, white and green."
At: the Ladin flag is instead horizontal with the same colors, In FLEX: 2:3 (horizontal 3 blue, white, light green).
Giuseppe Bottasini
16 March 1999

Probably this is yet another linguistic flag. For those who would not be familiar with Ladin, this is one of the languages of the Rheto-Roman subfamily of languages, the best known of which may be Romanche (Rumantsch) because it is one of the four national languages of Switzerland. However, Ladin dialects are more widely spoken than Romanche ones, and Friulan even more than Ladin.
The horizontal triband is the one shown in Smith (1975). On the other hand, I never saw the vertical triband displayed on the Sud Tyrol site.
Thanh-Tam Le 16 March 1999


[Innsbruck] by Jens Pattke, 7 January 2002

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