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The 1959 flag of Mauritania was modified on 17 August 2017 by the addition of two red stripes as a tribute for the resistance fighters fallen in the national struggle against the colonizer and those who have sacrificed their lives in defence of territorial integrity. The change was proposed by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and approved in a referendum that changed the Constitution."
NAVA 54 - The next annual meeting of the North American Vexillological Association will be held on June 12-14, 2020, in St. Augustine, Florida
ICV 29 - The next International Congress of Vexillology will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 12-16 July, 2021.
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FOTW (Flags of the World) is a site originally established by Giuseppe Bottasini and others devoted to the study of vexillology in 1994. Since then the site has been constantly fed with news and images posted to the FOTW mailing list and with other contributions from interested readers and visitors. Flags of the World is produced and maintained by an Editorial Staff of unpaid volunteers and the contents of these pages are offered freely to the Internet community. Accessing this site implies an acceptance of the following: disclaimers and copyright rules. See also our page about the history of FOTW.
Welcome to Flags of the World
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Flags of the World (FOTW), founded in 1994, is the Internet’s largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Here you can read more than 72,000 pages about flags and view more than 151,000 images of flags of countries, organizations, states, territories, districts and cities, both past and present.
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There are many ways to find flags on this website. Choosing “Index by Country” will take you straight to the country’s page, once there you will find pathways to the national, state, municipal, military, historical, and cultural flags and ensigns of the country. Choosing “Index by Subject” will do the same, but in a more limited manner. Choosing “Search Site by a Topic or Subject” will search the whole FOTW website looking for pages that have information that matches your search criteria. This last method will gather the most information for you. For those more graphic in nature, you can use the “clickable map” method to find your flag. In case you don’t know the origin of a flag you can try using off-site identifiers such as Ed Mooney’s The Flag Wizard or Ivan Sarajčić’s The Flag Identifier.
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FOTW and FIAV
FOTW has been a full member of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques (International Federation of Vexillological Associations), FIAV, since 2001. FIAV is an international federation consisting of 52 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions that study and encourage the study of vexillology.