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Bosnian Podrinje Canton (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bosansko-podrinjski kanton

Last modified: 2014-03-08 by ivan sache
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[Canton flag]

Flag of Bosnian Podrinje Canton - Image by Željko Heimer, 19 December 2012


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Flag of Bosnian Podrinje Canton

The symbols of Bosnian Podrinje Canton (Canton website) are prescribed by Law on the Coat of Arms and Flag of Bosnian Podrinje Canton, adopted on 15 November 2001 by the Canton Assembly.
The symbols were designed by Elvedin Drkenda.

The flag, in proportions 1:2, is vertically divided blue and yellow with the coat of arms in the middle.

A parliamentary procedure was started in 2012 to amend the Law on the Coat of Arms and Flag. The minutes of the parliamentary session of 6 November 2012 report the adoption of the draft of the amendments (text), to be publicly discussed (and then eventually adopted as a Law). The outcome of the public debate was published on 12 December 2012 ( article). The officer of the Ministry of Administration is quoted, stating that the proposed amendments are simply "a modification of the regulations adopted 13 years ago, while in the meantime the normative frame was modified at the higher levels, some constitutional changes were made etc., so that the amendments are just adjustments to those."

Željko Heimer, Pascal Vagnat & Jos Poels, 19 December 2012


Coat of arms of Bosnian Podrinje Canton

[Canton arms]

Coat of arms of Bosnian Podrinje Canton - Image by Željko Heimer, 19 December 2012

The coat of arms is in the shape of a medieval Bosnian shield, vertically divided into yellow with three five-pointed voided stars and blue with a yellow fleur-de-lis above five yellow wavy stripes. The wavy lines represent river Drina. The yellow outline fo the shield is said to represent the Goražde District from the 14th century.

Željko Heimer, Pascal Vagnat & Jos Poels, 9 July 2005


Symbols of Bosnian Podrinje Canton, 1997-2001

[Former flag]         [Former arms]

Flag and arms of Bosnian Podrinje Canton, 1997-2001 - Images by Željko Heimer, 18 March 2002

The first symbols of Bosnian Podrinje Canton are prescribed in Law Zakon o grbu i zastavi Bosanko-podrinjskog kantona GoraŽde, adopted on 25 April 1997 by the Canton Assembly and published in August 1997 in the Canton official gazette Službene novine Bosansko-podrinjskog kantona Goražde, No. 7.

The flag, in proportions 3:5, is horizontally divided green-white with the coat of arms in the middle.
The coat of arms is obviously based on the previous coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the well known fleur-de-lis coat of arms. The golden ornament in the white bend is, I guess, nothing more than an ornament, though it might be based on the representation of the historical fleur-de-lis arms in some of the famous armorials. The three flowers in the lower part are, I guess, again from some historical source, the lilies made more naturally. The helmet issuing from the bend might be from the same period (12th century?).

Željko Heimer & Jos Poels, 18 March 2006