International Federation of Vexillological Associations

The International Federation of Vexillological Associations (French: Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques, FIAV) is an international federation[4] of 53 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."

International Federation of
Vexillological Associations
Formation7 September 1969; 53 years ago (1969-09-07)
TypeInternational association
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, U.S.
London, England, UK[1]
51 associations and institutions[2]
Official languages
English, French, German, Spanish[1]
Željko Heimer [sh][3]
Michel R. Lupant, former president of FIAV


The study of flags, or vexillology, was formalised by Whitney Smith in 1957.[5] He then moved to organize various flag organisations and meetings including the first International Congress of Vexillology[5] in 1965[6] and International Federation of Vexillological Associations.[5]

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


FIAV has a three-person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses.[1] The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly,[1] which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology.[7] 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.[1]


The current members of the FIAV Board are:


Current members of FIAV are:[2]

Abrv. Name Country (& Territory)
AAV   Argentina Vexillology Association   Argentina
ACV   Catalonian Vexillological Association [ca]   Spain (  Catalonia)
BDA   Burgee Data Archives   Canada
BHVS   Bulgarian Heraldry and Vexillology Society [bg]   Bulgaria
BS Bandiere Storiche ONLUS   Italy
CBFA   Chesapeake Bay Flag Association   USA (  Delaware,   Washington DC,   Maryland,   New Jersey,   Pennsylvania,   Virginia,   West Virginia)
CEBED   Belgo-European Studies Center for Flags   Belgium
CFA   The Canadian Flag Association   Canada
CIDEC   Foundation Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Studies   Argentina
CISV   Italian Centre of Vexillological Studies   Italy
CONAVEX   Corporación Nacional de Vexilología de Chile [es]   Chile
CVS   Czech Vexillological Society [cs]   Czech Republic
DGF   German Flag Society [de]   Germany
FHF   Flag Heritage Foundation   USA
FI   The Flag Institute   UK
FOTW   Flags of the World Worldwide (Based in   Canada)
FRC   The Flag Research Center [es]   USA
FSA   Flag Society of Australia   Australia
GHVI Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology   Lithuania
GSI   Genealogical Society of Ireland   Ireland
GWAV   Great Waters Association of Vexillology   USA (  Illinois,   Indiana,   Kentucky,   Michigan,   Ohio)
HGZD Croatian Heraldic and Vexillological Association   Croatia
HS Heraldica Slovenica   Slovenia
HVK Heraldic Society "The Clover Leaf" [de]   Germany
IHW   Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology [pl]   Poland
IVA   Indian Vexillological Association   India
JAVA   Japanese Vexillological Association   Japan
KVV   Breton Vexillology Society [fr]   France (  Brittany)
NAVA   North American Vexillological Association North America (  USA &   Canada)
NEVA   New England Vexillological Association   USA (  Connecticut,   Maine,   Massachusetts,   New Hampshire,   Rhode Island,   Vermont)
NF   Nordic Flag Society   Nordic Europe (  Denmark,   Finland,   Iceland,   Norway,   Sweden)
NVvV   Dutch Association for Vexillology [nl]   Netherlands
NZFA   New Zealand Flag Association   New Zealand
MGD   Macedonian Heraldic Society   North Macedonia
PFA   Portland Flag Association   USA (  Oregon)
PH   Partioheraldikot r.y.   Finland
PTW   Polish Vexillology Society [ru]   Poland
RCVH   Russian Centre of Vexillology and Heraldry   Russia
SAVA   Southern African Vexillological Association   Southern Africa (  Angola,   Botswana,   Lesotho,   Madagascar,   Malawi,   Mozambique,   Namibia,   South Africa,   Eswatini,   Zambia,   Zimbabwe)
SCHG   State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia   Georgia
SEV   Spanish Society of Vexillology   Spain
SFV   French Society of Vexillology   France
SGHAPG   Society of Genealogy, Heraldry and Archivist "Paul Gore"   Moldova
SSV   Swiss Society for Vexillology   Switzerland
SVB   Belgium Vexillology Society   Belgium
SVI   Flag Data Center   Czech Republic
SVPR   Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation [nl]   Netherlands
THVA Transylvanian Heraldic and Vexillological Association   Romania (  Transylvania)
UHT   Ukrainian Heraldry Society   Ukraine
VAST   Vexillological Association of the State of Texas   USA (  Texas)
VRCC   Vexillological Research Center of China   China
VSS Vexillological Society (Singapore)   Singapore
WVRI   World Vexillological Research Institute   Germany

International Congresses of VexillologyEdit

The International Congress of Vexillology is a week long biennial conference. A Congress consists of vexillology presentations, FIAV's General Assembly and flag display tours.[7]

Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology (ICV) with assistance of a local organizing committee.[8] The Congresses have been held in:

ICV 30 is planned to be held in Beijing (China) in 2024.

FIAV flagEdit

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 3 September 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.[12]

FIAV Honours and MedalsEdit

Many awards and medals are given out to members of the FIAV or members of an FIAV associated Organization for various reasons.[13] The two medals that come with post-nominals are the LAUREATES OF THE FEDERATION who get LF and the FELLOWS OF THE FEDERATION who get FF.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "FIAV Constitution". FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "FIAV Membership List". FIAV. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "FIAV Officers". FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "About vexillology". Vexillology. The Flag Institute. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Vulliamy, Elsa (December 15, 2015). "Which flag is it? Take our quiz to find out". The Independent. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Consider Vexillology". SemiotiX. Semioticon. May 2013. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Koziol, Michael (September 1, 2015). "World experts fly the flag in Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Mercer, Phil (14 July 2015). "What do our flags say about us?". Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "ICV27 - London 2017". 27th International Congress of Vexillology. Flag Institute. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  10. ^ Biediger, Shari (July 4, 2019). "Dixie Flag Stitches Banners with Pride and Patriotism". Rivard Report. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "ICV29 - Ljubljana 2022". 29th International Congress of Vexillology. Heraldica Slovenica. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  12. ^ "FIAV - Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques". Flags of the World. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  13. ^ "Home - North American Vexillological Association".

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