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Sarajevo (Town, Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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Flag of Sarajevo - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 December 2012


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Flag of Sarajevo

The symbols of Sarajevo are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sarajeva, adopted on 21 November 2000 by the Town Assembly and published in the Canton official gazette Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 25. This replaced the Provisional Decision Privremena odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sarajeva, adopted on 28 March 1998 and published in Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 6.
The rules of use of the symbols are prescribed by Decision Odluka o upotrebi grba, imena i isticanju zastave Grada Sarajeva, published in 2004 in Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 11. This replaced Provisional Decision Privremena odluka o upotrebi grba i zastave Grada Sarajeva, adopted on 28 March 1998 and published in Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 6. The Decision was subsequently amended by Ispravak člana 7. Odluke o upotrebi grba, imena i isticanju zastave Grada Sarajeva, published in 2004 in Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 14, Odluka o izmjenama i dopunama Odluke o upotrebi grba, imena i isticanju zastave Grada Sarajeva, published in 2005 in Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 31, and Odluka o upotrebi grba, imena i isticanju zastave Grada Sarajeva (prečišćeni tekst), adopted on 31 January 2006 and published in Službene novine Kantona Sarajevo, No. 5.

The flag (photo) is defined in Article 3 of the Law on the symbols as follows:

The flag of the Town is light blue. The coat of arms is in the center of the flag. The flag can be made in different sizes, provided proportions 2:1 are retained.

The position (vertical or horizontal) of the flag is not specified, but there is little doubt that both are used.

Željko Heimer, 31 December 2012


Coat of arms of Sarajevo

[Town arms]

Coat of arms of Sarajevo - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 December 2012

The coat of arms is defined in Article 2 of the Law on the symbols as follows:

The coat of arms represent the elements of the typical roofs that in the same time symbolize the hills. The symbol of the town is made of civic walls with doors. The lower part of the coat of arms makes the terrain configuration - valleys with a bridged river over which the city is set.

Željko Heimer, 6 May 2000


Flag of Sarajevo, 1990s

[Town flag]         [Town arms]

Flag and arms of Sarajevo, 1990s - Images by Željko Heimer, 31 December 2012

In the war period, the star was removed from the Socialist coat of arms and replaced with a fleur-de-lis or and the colour of the base of the shield was changed to blue.

Željko Heimer, 14 November 1999


Flag of Sarajevo, 1960s-1990s

[Town flag]         [Town arms]

Flag and arms of Sarajevo, 1960s-1990s - Images by Željko Heimer, 31 December 2012

The old coat of arms of Sarajevo, in use from 1878, was replaced in 1965 (image of a book cover, 1965).
The coat of arms shown on a postage stamp released in 1970 to commemorate to 25th anniversary of the liberation of the town (6 April 1945) differs from the today's coat of arms in some colors and graphical elements. The shield is white (silver) and the roofs are green as today, but the walls are red, while the river in base is green. The shape of the bridge is somewhat different, too, there having three arches and the "dots" closer to center). In chief, inbetween the roofs there was set a red five-pointed star.

A photo taken in Sarajevo shows the flag as red with the coat of arms in the middle.

Željko Heimer, Aleksandar Nemet & Amer Sulejmanagić, 14 July 2009