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[Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)] 3:5
by Marcus Schmöger
Flag and coat-of-arms adopted 30th January 1991

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After World War Two, Anhalt was combined with the former Prussian Province of Saxony to become the state (Land) of Sachsen-Anhalt, abolished [1952] but then later re-established [1991].

Norman Martin, 7 February 2001

After the reintroduction of Länder in the German Democratic Republic in 1990 there were several flags that were used inofficially in Saxony-Anhalt. (...) The law on the new symbols was passed 20th December 1990 and enacted 30th January 1991.

Marcus Schmöger, 7-8 March 2001

State Flag


[Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)] 3:5
by Marcus Schmöger
Flag adopted 30th January 1991

The state flag is yellow on black with the arms in the middle. Proportions 3:5.

Pascal Vagnat, 19th December 1995

Horizontal bicolor yellow-black with arms at center. Adopted 1991. Illustrated in Dorling Kindersley 1997 p. 122.

Norman Martin, March 1998

The [shade of] yellow should be a bit dark, according to Schurdel 1995 and Laitenberger and Bassier 2000.

Marcus Schmöger, 7 March 2001

Civil Flag


[Civil Flag (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)] 3:5
by Marcus Schmöger
Flag adopted 30th January 1991

The Land flag is yellow on black. In the past it was black on yellow, but Saxony-Anhalt disappeared in 1952 [when East Germany abolished the States] and Baden-Württemberg, a newly created Land [in West Germany], adopted a black on gold (yellow) flag, so Saxony-Anhalt had to change the order of the colours when it resurrected in 1990. Proportions 3:5.

Pascal Vagnat, 19th December 1995

Horizontal bicolor yellow-black. Adopted 1991.

Norman Martin, March 1998

Hanging Flag


[Hanging Flag (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)] 5:2
by Marcus Schmöger


[Coat-of-Arms (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)]
by Marcus Schmöger

The top half of the shield consists of ten horizontal stripes, alternately gold and black. Surmounting this is a green rue crown [heraldically a crancelin] crossing from upper left to lower right. In the upper right is a silver canton containing a black eagle with gold beak and legs. The bottom half of the shield is silver with a red stone wall. On top of the wall is a black bear.

David Lewellen

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms of the present State were officially adopted in 1991. The arms show in the upper part the arms of the former Prussian province of Saxony, which are slightly different from the ancient arms of Saxony: in the arms of Saxony, the upper bar is black. The eagle was added to the arms during the Weimar Republic.

The lower part shows the arms of the Free State of Anhalt during the Weimar Republic. The bear is taken from the original arms of the Princes of Anhalt, and represent the bear of the estate and city of Bernburg, one of the oldest possessions of the Princes of Anhalt.

Literature: Schurdel 1995.

The bear (Bär) and the wall of a castle (Burg) are canting arms for Bernburg.

Santiago Dotor, 6 June 2002

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