Flag of Saxony

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Free State of Saxony
Flag of Saxony.svg
NameLandesflagge
UseCivil flag
Proportion3:5 (or 1:2)
Adopted1920, 1947, 1991
DesignA bicolor of white over green.
Flag of Saxony (state).svg
Variant flag of Free State of Saxony
NameLandesdienstflagge
UseState flag
Proportion3:5 (or 1:2)
Adopted1991
DesignThe civil flag with the addition of the coat of arms.

Both the civil and state flag of the German state of Saxony feature a bicolour of white over green, similar to the Austrian province of Styria although they are historically not related to each other. The state flag is similar to the civil flag, except it is defaced in the centre with the coat of arms of Saxony. The colours of both flags were officially decided as state colours in 1815.[1] The aristocracy used mostly and in first time the quadrangular and later the rectangular

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The civil bicolour flag of white over green was used before World War II, and formally abolished in 1935, under the reforms of the Third Reich. It was readopted 1945 when Saxony became a state again, and abolished 1952 under governing reforms of the German Democratic Republic. When Germany was reunited, Saxony became a state again, and so the flag was finally officially readopted in 1991, having been a much used symbol during the demonstrations in the German Democratic Republic in 1989/90.[2]

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  1. ^ State Chancellery (1991), Gesetz über das Wappen des Freistaates Sachsen vom 18. November 1991 (Law on the arms of the Free State Saxony of 18 November 1991)
  2. ^ Siobhán Ryan (2002-03-19), Verwaltungsvorschrift des Sächsischen Staatskanzlei über die Beflaggung der Dienstgebäude im Freistaat Sachsen (Administrative Regulation of the Saxon Prime Minister's Office on the Display of Flags in Official Buildings in the Free State of Saxony) (in German)