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Sachsen, Free State of Saxony, Freistaat Sachsen

Last modified: 2002-05-31 by santiago dotor
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[State Flag (Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Santiago Dotor
Flag adopted 1991

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There are two flags for Saxony:

  • The civil flag (white on green) although the only reference to it is the Constitution which speaks about 'colours' [Landesfarben]
  • The state flag, in the same article as for the other flag, is the same with the Arms in the middle (round shield only). Proportions 3:5 (?)
There is something very interesting and rare in the flag article of the Constitution. This article allows the Sorbs to fly their flag and to have Arms. The inhabitants of the part of Saxony which belonged to Lower Silesia in the past can fly the flag of this former province (...).

Pascal Vagnat, 19 December 1995


Falko Schmidt reported the recent legislation finally establishing the proportions of the Saxon flag. The Verwaltungsvorschrift des Sächsischen Staatskanzlei über die Beflaggung der Dienstgebäude im Freistaat Sachsen (Administrative Regulation of the Saxon Prime Minister's Office on the Display of Flags in Official Buildings in the Free State of Sanony), published 19th March 2002, is available online here (pp. 442-443), including flag illustrations.

The Saxon flag has proportions 3:5 and the coat-of-arms is placed on the centre of the flag (both on the horizontal and vertical flag versions, occupying half of each the white and green stripes. However, the official design in the Regulation show the arms quite offcentred towards the hoist in the vertical version.

Santiago Dotor, 19 April 2002

This is a new regulation of 19 March 2002 which describes the two flags in Saxony, the Landesflagge (flag of the state) and the Landesdienstflagge (state service flag, with the arms). Both can be displayed as normal horizontal Hissflagge, as vertical Hissflagge im Hochformat (a.k.a. Knatterfahne) and as Banner [i.e hung from a crossbar]. These three are the main variants common in Germany.

Article 3 defines when, where and how should official buildings etc. be decorated with flags.

Marcus Schmöger, 22 May 2002

State Flag

Dienstflagge der Landesbehörden or Landesdienstflagge

[State Flag (Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Santiago Dotor
Flag adopted 1991

The state flag of Saxony is white on green and has the Arms in the middle.

Pascal Vagnat, 19 December 1995

National flag of Saxony with the arms at the center. Adopted 1991. Illustrated in Dorling Kindersley 1997 p. 122.

Norman Martin, March 1998

Civil Flag


[Civil Flag (Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Santiago Dotor
Flag adopted 16th June 1815, readopted 1920, abolished 1935, readopted 1947, abolished 1952, readopted 1991

Vertical Flags

Hängefahnen or Banner

[Vertical State Flag (Saxony, Germany)] 5:3      [Vertical Civil Flag (Saxony, Germany)] 5:3
both by Santiago Dotor



[Coat-of-Arms (Saxony, Germany)]
by Santiago Dotor

Former Silesian Areas

[Former Silesian Areas (Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Santiago Dotor

The flag article in the Constitution of Saxony [says that] the inhabitants of the part of Saxony which belonged to Lower Silesia in the past can fly the flag of this former province (white on yellow), and can use the former arms of Lower Silesia.

Pascal Vagnat, 19 December 1995

In the Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart appears "78. Silesia [Schlesien] (Silesian German exiles from South-West Poland) Horizontal white-yellow". Identical to Lower Silesia (Prussian Province).

Ivan Sache, 14 September 1999

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