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Montenegro (Yugoslavia)

Republika Crna Gora

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[Flag of Montenegro]by Pascal Gross

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Description of the flag

Law about the coat of arms and flag of the Republic of Montenegro.

Article 2. "The flag of the Republic of Montenegro consists in horizontal stripes red-bluish*-white with equal width. The ratio length-height is 3 to 1.

The text doesn't give the exact shade of blue, however the article 8 mentions that the standards of the coat of arms and the flag are kept in the Parliament of the Republic.

The source is: (Latin translitteration) Slouy'beni List Repoublike Tserne Gore # 56 Year XLIX, 29 December 1993.

Pascal Vagnat, 26 April 1999

*The word translated as bluish is plavetna, and it is not the usual term for blue that would have been plava. Judging from the flags observed in use, the intention of the legislator might have been to say light blue. Approximate colour specification could be:

  • red: Pantone 199c
  • blue: Pantone 297c

Zeljko Heimer, 9 October 2000

Television images (Kosovo crisis) confirm earlier reports saying that the flag of Montenegro is red over *celeste*/*light* blue over white (1:3). Consequently, Serbian and Montenegrian flags differ not only by their ratio but also by their blue shade.

Jan Zrzavy, 25 April 1999

The blue shade of the Montenegrian was altered when Djukanovic became president of Montenegro (1998).

Ivan Sarajcic, 26 April 1999

This might be true in practice, but it might only be that the prescribed colour schemes have been followed more often since then. We have information on different colour shades before that date.

Zeljko Heimer, 30 April 1999

Alternative unofficial flags

[Unofficial flag of Montenegro]by Zeljko Heimer

In modern times, flags with red field, without the border, and in rectangular proportions (1:2, 2:3 and similar) with Nicola's cross (with or without the cypher) are used as one version of Montenegrin national flag by Montenegrins living abroad (mainly in USA and Canada), and after the formation of FR Yugoslavia, by pro-Montenegrin political parties. Such flags have no official status.

[Unofficial flag of Montenegro]by Zeljko Heimer

This is a variation of the flag described above, with a white border.

Zeljko Heimer, 28 May1999

A similar flag appears in the Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart [eba94], #114, with the following caption :

South Yougoslavia.

It has a red field, proportion 2:3, with white cross and red letters HI in the middle. There is a black fimbriation around the cross and the cypher. The fimbriation around the H (upper left and lower left) and the I (upper right and lower right) merges with the fimbriation around the cross.

Ivan Sache , 16 September 1999

[Unofficial lfag of Montenegro]by Zeljko Heimer

The other common flags seen in similar occasions also have a red field, but with the Montenegrin official coat of arms in the middle.

[Unofficial flag of Montenegro]by Zeljko Heimer

Some of these flags have a white border, but those flags with a white border are much rarely seen then the red ones without border).

Zeljko Heimer, 28 May1999

Coat of arms

Montenegro readopted the coat of arms of the time of the independent Principality/Kingdom. On it the lion is passsant on green loan in red shield.

Zeljko Heimer , 15 February 1999

Municipal symbols

The coat of arms of the following Montenegrian municipalities can be seen on their respective website:

Zeljko Heimer, 26 November 1999