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The Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques (FIAV) is an international federation of 52 regional, national, and multinational vexillological associations and institutions across the globe. The translations of FIAV’s French name into the other three official FIAV languages are the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (English), the Internationale Föderation Vexillologischer Gesellschaften (German), and the Federación Internacional de Asociaciones Vexilológicas (Spanish).

FIAV unites those associations and institutions throughout the world whose object is the pursuit of vexillology, which is 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. FIAV’s purposes are: to create a strong bond among those associations and institutions and to encourage and coordinate their work, studies, and research; to promote the organization of International Congresses of Vexillology and to lend its support to their organizers; to encourage the creation in all countries of associations and institutions dedicated to vexillology; and to sanction international standards facilitating the development of these activities.

FIAV was provisionally organized on September 3, 1967 at the Second International Congress of Vexillology held in Rüschlikon, Switzerland and officially created on September 7, 1969, at the Third International Congress of Vexillology held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology that have been held in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

FIAV has a three-person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses. The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly, which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology. The FIAV General Assembly is composed of a delegate from each of FIAV’s 52-member vexillological associations and institutions. The General Assembly elects the Board and is responsible for setting policy.

FIAV Board

MICHEL R. LUPANT, C.O.C., C.C.O.M., K.C.M. R.C.I.H., F.C.V.S., Belgium,





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International Congresses of Vexillology

Congress City Dates Sponsor
ICV 1 Muiderberg, Noord-Holland, Netherlands 4-5 Sept 1965 Stichting voor Banistiek en Heraldik
ICV 2 Zürich, Switzerland 1-3 Sept 1967 Gilde der Züricher Heraldiker and Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Fahnen- und Flaggenkunde | Sociétée Suisse de Veillologie | Società Svizzera di Vessillologia
ICV 3 Boston, Massaschusetts, USA 5-7 Sept 1969 Flag Research Center / Heraldry Society of Canada / NAVA / U.S. Flag Foundation
ICV 4 Torino, Piedmonte, Italy 24-27 June 1971 Accademia di San Marciano Sezione Vessillologica
ICV 5 London, England, UK 13-18 Sept 1973 The Flag Institute
ICV 6 IJsselmeer, Flevoland, Netherlands 16-20 Apr 1975 Stichting voor Banistiek en Heraldik
ICV 7 Washington, D.C., USA 10-14 June 1977 Flag Research Center / NAVA
ICV 8 Vienna, Austria 26-29 June 1979 Gesellschaft für Österreichische Heereskunde
ICV 9 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 24-28 Aug 1981 Flag Research Center / Heraldry Society of Canada / NAVA
ICV 10 Oxford, England, UK 25-30 Sept 1983 Heraldry Society Flag Section
ICV 11 Madrid, Spain 26-31 May 1985 Sociedad Española de Vexillología
ICV 12 San Francisco, California, USA 12-16 Aug 1987 Flag Research Center / NAVA
ICV 13 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 24-29 Sept 1989 Flag Society of Australia
ICV 14 Barcelona, Spain 30 June-5 July 1991 Associació Catalana de Vexillología
ICV 15 Zürich, Switzerland 23-27 Aug 1993 Gilde der Züricher Heraldiker and Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Fahnen- und Flaggenkunde | Sociétée Suisse de Veillologie | Società Svizzera di Vessillologia
ICV 16 Warsaw, Poland 1-5 July 1995 Centrum Flagi Ziemi / Earth Flag Centre, Flag Design Center, and Polskie Towarzystwo Weksylologizne
ICV 17 Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa 10-16 August 1997 South African Vexillological Association
ICV 18 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 28 July-2 Aug 1999 Canadian Flag Association | L'Association canadienne de vexillologie / NAVA
ICV 19 York, England, UK 23-27 July 2001 The Flag Institute
ICV 20 Stockholm, Sweden 25-30 Aug 2003 Nordisk Flaggselskap | Nordisk Flagselskab | Nordiska Flaggsällskapet | Norræna Fánafélagið | Pohjoismaiden Lippuseura
ICV 21 Buenos Aires, Argentina 30 Jul-6 Aug 2005 Asociación Argentina de Vexilología / Fundación Centro Interdisciplinaro de Estudios Culturales
ICV 22 Berlin, Germany 6-10 Aug 2007 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flaggenkunde e.V. / Deutsches Historisches Museum
ICV 23 Yokohama, Japan 12-17 July 2009 Japanese Vexillological Association