Flag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Flag of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.svg
NameCivil flag (Landesflagge)
UseCivil flag and ensign
Flag of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (state).svg
Variant flag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
NameState flag (Dienstflagge)
UseState flag and ensign

The flag of Mecklenburg–Vorpommern is the flag used by the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (also known as Mecklenburg-West Pomerania).

Five official proposed flags were put forward in 1990, but all were rejected. In the end, a design by Norbert Buske, then a member of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern parliament, was adopted. It was not preferred by German vexillologists.[1] For a short time in 1990, an unofficial flag (the tricolor of Mecklenburg, defaced with its arms) was used.[2]

Civil flag[edit]

The civil flag (Landesflagge) shows five horizontal stripes, blue-white-yellow-white-red, shown in a range of proportions, most commonly 4:3:1:3:4. The blue stripe, defined as "ultramarinblau" (ultramarine), is topmost. The central stripe is yellow, the lowermost red ("zinnoberrot").[3] It reflects the state colors of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (blue, white, yellow and red), which are defined under Article 1 of the state's constitution.[4] Both flags are flown with the proportions 3:5. It was created by merging the flags of Mecklenburg (a horizontal tricolor of blue-gold-red) and the Prussian Province of Pomerania (a bicolor of blue-white), in use since 1882.[3][5]

Blue (Ultramarinblau) 100/70/0/0 43 RAL 5002
Yellow (Gelb) 0/0/100/0 3 RAL 1021
Red (Zinnoberrot) 0/100/100/0 13 RAL 3020

State flag[edit]

The state flag (Dienstflagge) is the civil flag, defaced with a bull's head and a griffin (two symbols from the coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). The central yellow stripe is interrupted for this purpose. It is flown as a jack by state police boats,[3] and by official state bodies. It is also flown on official occasions. The bull's head is shown on the hoist, and the griffin on the fly.[3][5]


  1. ^ Flag Proposals 1990 (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany) at Flags of the World. Accessed 21 February 2010.
  2. ^ Unofficial Flag used in 1990 at Flags of the World. Accessed 21 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Flag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at Flags of the World. Accessed 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ Verfassung des Landes Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Constitution of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). Die Verfassungen in Deutschland. 2000, 2006. Accessed 21 February 2010. (in German)
  5. ^ a b State flag. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Portal. Accessed 21 February 2010.