The official flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina is highly unique, consisting of a medium blue band, a yellow right angle triangle, and another medium band on the far right. Seven white stars are found along the side of the triangle. The half stars are located at both ends of the hypotenuse. The flag was adopted on 4 February 1998 as a replacement for the flag of the Independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?

The right angle triangle represents the country’s territory while the three points of the triangle represent the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The stars represent Europe and the two other stars represent continuity and infinity. The blue color represents Europe while the yellow and white represents peace.

Who Designed the Flag?

After proclaiming independence on March 3, 1992, there was a need to choose representative symbols for the new country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Finding a flag that was to be representative of a diverse country with a past that had been tumultuous in recent history proved to be a challenge. A peace accord signed in 1995 stipulated the creation of a new flag. The United Nations proposed the current flag which was adopted on February 4, 1998.

What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?

Several unofficial flags have been used in Bosnia since the mid-18th century. A green flag with a white crescent and star dates back to as early as the 1760s. After Austro-Hungary annexed the country, Bosnia was separated from Herzegovina and they were each given different flags. The Flag of Bosnia consisted of horizontal yellow and red bands while the flag of Herzegovina used the colors in reverse.

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