Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques

The Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques (FIAV) is an international federation of 52 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions across the globe that study vexillology, which FIAV defines in its constitution as "the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge." The translations of FIAV’s French name into the other three official FIAV languages are the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (English), the Internationale Föderation Vexillologischer Gesellschaften (German), and the Federación Internacional de Asociaciones Vexilológicas (Spanish).

FIAV was provisionally organized on September 3, 1967 at the Second International Congress of Vexillology held in Rüschlikon, Switzerland and officially created on September 7, 1969 at the Third International Congress of Vexillology held in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

FIAV has a three–person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses. The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly, which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology. The FIAV General Assembly is composed of a delegate from each of FIAV’s members. The General Assembly elects the Board and is responsible for setting policy.


Current members of FIAV are:


The current members of the FIAV Board are:

International Congresses of Vexillology

Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology (ICV). Previous Congresses have been held in Muiderberg (1965), Zürich (1967), Boston (1969), Turin (1971), London (1973), IJsselmeer (1975), Washington, D.C. (1977), Vienna (1979), Ottawa (1981), Oxford (1983), Madrid (1985), San Francisco (1987), Melbourne (1989), Barcelona (1991), Zürich (1993), Warsaw (1995), Cape Town (1997), Victoria, British Columbia (1999), York (2001), Stockholm (2003), Buenos Aires (2005), and Berlin (2007).

ICV 23 will be held in Yokohama from July 12 to 17, 2009, and ICV 24 will be held in Washington, D.C. in 2011. A Congress consists of presentations of papers on vexillology and the biennial session of the FIAV General Assembly, amid flag-related tours, seminars, and meetings among various vexillologists on specific topics, and ample opportunities for social interaction and networking, usually culminating in a final banquet.


FIAV publishes a newsletter, Info–FIAV (ISSN 1560-9979), that is a chronicle of internal organizational matters. FIAV recognizes The Flag Bulletin (ISSN 0015-3370) as a journal for the publication of scientific articles in the field of vexillology.


The FIAV flag was initially designed by Klaes Sierksma and slightly modified by the organizing committee of the Second International Congress of Vexillology. The flag was introduced on September 3, 1967. Its description is, “On a blue field, extending horizontally from hoist to fly, two yellow halyards forming two interlaced loops.” The knot formed is a sheet bend. The color blue is defined as Pantone Matching System U293 and the color yellow is defined as Pantone Matching System U123. Flags for the three officers were approved in 1999, having been designed by the former FIAV president, William Crampton. All the FIAV flags were slightly modified in 2007 by the Twentieth Session of the FIAV General Assembly in Berlin.


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