Flag of Schleswig-Holstein

The flag of Schleswig-Holstein is a horizontal tricolour of blue, white, and red. Schleswig-Holstein is one of the 16 states of Germany, comprising most of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig.

Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg
UseCivil flag
Proportion3:5 (or 1:2)
DesignA horizontal tricolour of blue, white, and red.
Flag of Schleswig-Holstein (state).svg
Variant flag of Schleswig-Holstein
NameLandesdienstflagge des Landes Schleswig-Holstein
UseState flag
Proportion3:5 (or 1:2)
DesignThe civil flag with the addition of the coat of arms.


The flag was introduced in 1843 and banned in 1845. It was reintroduced in 1867 after the Prussian annexation of Schleswig-Holstein. It was again abolished in 1935.[1]

After the British Military Government made Schleswig-Holstein a German state in 1946, this flag was first hoisted after some debate on 29 August 1946. It was formally established as the flag on 18 January 1957.[1] The plain tricolour is the state's civil flag. Government authorities use the state flag (Landesdienstflagge), where the flag is defaced by the state coat of arms.[1]

The tricolour was previously used for the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein (1868-1946).

It is almost identical to the flags of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as well as the flag of the Netherlands inverted.


  1. ^ a b c "Flag Legislation (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)". Flags of the World. 1957-01-18. Retrieved 2008-03-19. English translation of relevant laws (German version here)

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