International Federation of
Vexillological Associations
Formation7 September 1969; 53 years ago (1969-09-07)
TypeInternational association
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, U.S.
London, England, UK[1]
51 associations and institutions[2]
Official languages
English, French, German, Spanish[1]
Željko Heimer [sh][3]
Michel R. Lupant, former president of FIAV
Michel R. Lupant, former president of FIAV

The International Federation of Vexillological Associations (French: Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques, FIAV) is an international federation[4] of 53 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions across the globe that study vexillology, which FIAV defines in its constitution as "the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge."


The study of flags, or vexillology, was formalised by Whitney Smith in 1957.[5] He then moved to organize various flag organisations and meetings including the first International Congress of Vexillology[5] in 1965[6] and International Federation of Vexillological Associations.[5]

The FIAV was provisionally organized on 3 September 1967, at the Second International Congress of Vexillology held in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and officially created on 7 September 1969, at the Third International Congress of Vexillology held in Boston, Massachusetts, US.


FIAV has a three-person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses.[1] The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly,[1] which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology.[7] The FIAV General Assembly is composed of a delegate from each of FIAV's members. The General Assembly elects the Board and is responsible for setting policy.[1]


The current members of the FIAV Board are:


Current members of FIAV are:[2]

Abrv. Name Country (& Territory)
Bandera de AAV.svg
Argentina Vexillology Association
Bandera ACV.svg
Catalonian Vexillological Association [ca]
 Spain ( Catalonia)
Flag of BDA.SVG
Burgee Data Archives
Flag of BHVS.svg
Bulgarian Heraldry and Vexillology Society [bg]
Flag of BS ONLUS.svg
Bandiere Storiche ONLUS
Flag of CBFA.svg
Chesapeake Bay Flag Association
 USA ( Delaware,  Washington DC,  Maryland,  New Jersey,  Pennsylvania,  Virginia,  West Virginia)
Flag of CEBED.svg
Belgo-European Studies Center for Flags
Flag of CFA.svg
The Canadian Flag Association
Flag of CIDEC.svg
Foundation Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Studies
Flag of CISV.svg
Italian Centre of Vexillological Studies
Bandera de la Corporación Nacional de Vexilología de Chile.svg
Corporación Nacional de Vexilología de Chile [es]
Flag of CVS.svg
Czech Vexillological Society [cs]
 Czech Republic
Flag of DGF.svg
German Vexillological Association
Flag of FHF.svg
Flag Heritage Foundation
Flag of the FI.svg
The Flag Institute
Flag of FOTW.svg
Flags of the World
Worldwide (Based in  Canada)
Flag of FRC.svg
The Flag Research Center [es]
Flag of FSA.svg
Flag Society of Australia
GHVI Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology  Lithuania
Vexillology Ireland Flag.svg
Genealogical Society of Ireland
Flag of GWAV.svg
Great Waters Association of Vexillology
 USA ( Illinois,  Indiana,  Kentucky,  Michigan,  Ohio)
HGZD Croatian Heraldic and Vexillological Association  Croatia
HS Heraldica Slovenica  Slovenia
HVK Heraldic Society "The Clover Leaf" [de]  Germany
Flag of IHW.svg
Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology [pl]
Flag of IVA.svg
Indian Vexillological Association
Flag of JAVA.svg
Japanese Vexillological Association
Breton Vexillological Society Flag.svg
Breton Vexillology Society [fr]
 France ( Brittany)
Flag of NAVA.svg
North American Vexillological Association
North America ( USA &  Canada)
Flag of NEVA.svg
New England Vexillological Association
 USA ( Connecticut,  Maine,  Massachusetts,  New Hampshire,  Rhode Island,  Vermont)
Flag of Nordisk Flaggsallskap.svg
Nordic Flag Society
Nordic Europe ( Denmark,  Finland,  Iceland,  Norway,  Sweden)
Flag of NVvV.svg
Dutch Association for Vexillology [nl]
Flag of NZFA.svg
New Zealand Flag Association
 New Zealand
MHS banner.png
Macedonian Heraldic Society
 North Macedonia
Flag of PFA.svg
Portland Flag Association
 USA ( Oregon)
Flag of PH.svg
Partioheraldikot r.y.
Flag of PTW.svg
Polish Vexillology Society [ru]
Flag of RCVH.svg
Russian Centre of Vexillology and Heraldry
Flag of SAVA.svg
Southern African Vexillological Association
Southern African Development Community Southern Africa ( Angola,  Botswana,  Lesotho,  Madagascar,  Malawi,  Mozambique,  Namibia,  South Africa,  Eswatini,  Zambia,  Zimbabwe)
Flag of SCHG.svg
State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia
Flag of SEV.svg
Spanish Society of Vexillology
Flag of SFV.svg
French Society of Vexillology
Flag of SGHAPG.svg
Society of Genealogy, Heraldry and Archivist "Paul Gore"
Drapeau de la Société suisse de vexillologie.svg
Swiss Society for Vexillology
Flag of SVB.svg
Belgium Vexillology Society
Flag of SVI.svg
Flag Data Center
 Czech Republic
Flag of SVPR (No Lettering).svg
Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation [nl]
THVA Transylvanian Heraldic and Vexillological Association  Romania ( Transylvania)
Flag of UHT.svg
Ukrainian Heraldry Society
Flag of VAST.svg
Vexillological Association of the State of Texas
 USA ( Texas)
Flag of VRCC.svg
Vexillological Research Center of China
VSS Vexillological Society (Singapore)  Singapore
Flag of WVRI.svg
World Vexillological Research Institute

International Congresses of Vexillology

The International Congress of Vexillology is a week long biennial conference. A Congress consists of vexillology presentations, FIAV's General Assembly and flag display tours.[7]

Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology (ICV) with assistance of a local organizing committee.[8] The Congresses have been held in:

ICV 30 is planned to be held in Beijing (China) in 2024.

FIAV flag

The FIAV flag was initially designed by Klaes Sierksma and slightly modified by the organizing committee of the Second International Congress of Vexillology. The flag was introduced on 3 September 1967. Its description is, "On a blue field, extending horizontally from hoist to fly, two yellow halyards forming two interlaced loops." The knot formed is a sheet bend. The color blue is defined as Pantone Matching System U293 and the color yellow is defined as Pantone Matching System U123. Flags for the three officers were approved in 1999, having been designed by the former FIAV president, William Crampton.[12]

FIAV Honours and Medals

Many awards and medals are given out to members of the FIAV or members of an FIAV associated Organization for various reasons.[13] The two medals that come with post-nominals are the LAUREATES OF THE FEDERATION who get LF and the FELLOWS OF THE FEDERATION who get FF.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "FIAV Constitution". FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "FIAV Membership List". FIAV. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "FIAV Officers". FIAV. 2009-09-11. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "About vexillology". Vexillology. The Flag Institute. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Vulliamy, Elsa (December 15, 2015). "Which flag is it? Take our quiz to find out". The Independent. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Consider Vexillology". SemiotiX. Semioticon. May 2013. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Koziol, Michael (September 1, 2015). "World experts fly the flag in Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Mercer, Phil (14 July 2015). "What do our flags say about us?". Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "ICV27 - London 2017". 27th International Congress of Vexillology. Flag Institute. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  10. ^ Biediger, Shari (July 4, 2019). "Dixie Flag Stitches Banners with Pride and Patriotism". Rivard Report. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "ICV29 - Ljubljana 2022". 29th International Congress of Vexillology. Heraldica Slovenica. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  12. ^ "FIAV - Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques". Flags of the World. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  13. ^ "Home - North American Vexillological Association".