Flag of Germany

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Flag of Federal Republic of Germany
Flag of Germany.svg
Proportion5:3
Adopted1919, (as flag of Weimar Republic) 1949 (as flag of West Germany and East Germany)
Naval ensign of Germany.svg
Naval ensign

The flag of Germany (German: Bundesflagge) was adopted in its present form in 1919. It was readopted with the new constitution of 1949. It has three colours and is made of three equal horizontal bands coloured black (top), red, and gold (bottom).

The Dienstflagge or service flag is the version of the flag for government use. It has the national coat of arms in the centre. Ships of the German Navy use this flag with a triangle cut out of the end as an ensign.[1]

Some states use the national flag with the state coat of arms as a state flag, the black stands for determination, red for bravery and yellow for valor.

History[change | change source]

Under the Nazi government between 1933 and 1945, Germany used a different flag with a swastika on it. It is not legal to put up this flag in Germany now.

References[change | change source]

  1. Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (23 May 1949). German version and English version (December 2000) (PDF). See Article 22. Retrieved on 24 February 2008. Archived 27 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine