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Democratic Party of Serbia (Political party, Serbia)

Demokratska stranka Srbije - DSS

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[DSS flag]

Flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008


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Presentation of the Democratic Party of Serbia

The Democratic Party of Serbia (Demokratska stranka Srbije) is the party of current Prime Minister of Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica, and shall not be confused with the Democratic Party (Demokratska stranka), the party of the current President Boris Tadić. As a matter of fact, the Democratic Party of Serbia was formed by a faction of the Democratic Party that broke away in 1992.

Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008


Flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia

The present-day flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia was introduced in January 2008, during the campaign for the last presidential elections. Its is charged with a large party logo in the top central part and the party name, inscribed in two lines in white colour in the bottom part, all on dark blue field. The inscription is in an unusual Cyrillic typeface, which seems to be used only in the symbols of this party and nowhere else: all strokes are either circle arcs, most of which occupy one quarter of the circle, or straight lines. The party logo contains the party name initials DSS in white, inscribed in the same typeface as the party name, and a light blue cirle segment, which also occupies one quarter of the circle.

Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008


Former flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia, 2001-2008

[DSS former flag]

Flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia, 2001-2008 - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008

The previous party flag was introduced in 2001. It has the same charges as the present-day one, but smaller in size and placed in the top part: the logo is in the canton and the inscription at its right-hand side, spreading towards the fly.
The existing copies of this flag are still widely used along with the present-day flag and it will certainly take a considerable amount of time until they are completely replaced, as it usually happens in Serbia when a political flag is to be changed.

Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008


Early flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia, 1994-2001

[DSS early flag]

Flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia, 1994-2001 - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008

The earliest version of this flag design was adopted in November 1994 and differed from the succeeding version in colour arrangement: the field was white, the party name and initials were dark blue and the circle segment completing the logo was light blue.
According to Radomir Vuković (Patria Partija, Kvadart, #5, 1996), the shape of the logo was chosen so as to resemble the firesteels from the coat of arms of Serbia, light blue is the colour of the sky and dark blue is the colour of the plum, which is often considered as the (unofficial) Serbian national fruit and was frequently used as an unofficial party symbol during the early 1990s; the typeface was designed after the logo, to match the shape of the two letters included into it. The copies of this flag were not completely withdrawn from the use until 2003, long after the succeeding design was introduced.

Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008


Original flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia, c. 1992-1994

[DSS first flag]

Original flag of the Democratic Party of Serbia, c. 1992-1994 - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008

This flag was based on the original logo of the Democratic Party of Serbia, which was adopted in 1992, shortly after the party was founded: a dark blue rectangle charged with the party name initials in white, inscribed in an extremely simplified, geometric form, in one continuous stroke. The flag field repeats the design of the logo, with addition of a wide white stripe along the hoist edge.
According to Radomir Vuković (Patria Partija, Kvadart, #5, 1996), the dark blue colour was adopted at that time, with the same symbolism as used in the succeeding design. I have not seen this flag until April 1994, some seven months before it was replaced with the succeeding design, but it must have been adopted earlier, possibly as early as in 1992, together with the then logo or shortly after it. On the other hand, this flag and logo were replaced with their successors virtually instantly, what suggests that the flag was introduced not long before its withdrawal or that its copies were produced in a small number during its use.

Tomislav Todorović, 7 June 2008