Flag of Luxembourg
|Adopted||June 23, 1972|
|similar to||Netherlands flag|
The national flag of Luxembourg is a horizontal triband of red, white and light blue. The colors are derived from the Grand Duke's coat of arms (a red lion on a white and blue striped field)
Although the flags of the Grand Duchy (Luxembourg) and the Netherlands are very similar, the distinguishing feature of the Dutch flag (the Netherlands flag) is its ultramarine blue stripe, whereas the blue on the Grand Duchy's flag is sky blue.
Flag of Luxembourg
What is Luxembourg flag?
The national flag of Luxembourg consists of three horizontal stripes in red, white, and sky blue. Although the flags of the Grand Duchy (Luxembourg) and the Netherlands are very similar, the distinguishing feature of the Dutch flag (the Netherlands flag) is its ultramarine blue stripe, whereas the blue on the Grand Duchy's flag is sky blue. Like the national coat of arms, the Grand Duchy's flag is protected by the Law of 23 June 1972 on national emblems.
What are the official names of the Luxembourg flag?
Luxembourg has three official languages. The name of the flag in each of those three official languages is:
Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerger Fändel
French: Drapeau du Luxembourg
Sky German: Flagge Luxemburgs
The first known flag was carried by Count William of Luxembourg in 1123. It was barred, i.e.horizontally striped, probably yellow and red. It is undoubted that since the Middle Ages the three colours red, white and blue were used as seal ligature by the States, which were taken from the colours of the coat of arms. The three-colored horizontal design was fixed on June 12, 1845. It took until June 23, 1972 before a law was passed regulating the flag of Luxembourg. The same law also prescribed ensign and roundel for aircraft and ships registered in Luxembourg. As the flags of Luxembourg and the Netherlands are very similar both in design and colors, a pragmatic solution was adopted to tell them apart: the Dutch blue is ultramarine and the Grand Duchy's blue is sky blue.
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Difference between Luxembourg and Netherlands flags
The flags of Luxembourg and the Netherlands are very similar, both in design and colors, with a minor difference: the blue on the Netherlands flag is ultramarine while the blue on the Luxembourg flag is sky blue. The resemblance is coincidental as both flags were developed independently. Recently, there is a growing popular movement to replace the current red-white-blue Luxembourg national flag with the red lion ensign as the current flag was commonly confused with that of the Netherlands. The red lion flag is getting more popular as it is more aesthetic and of greater historic value. On October 24, 2006, a local initiative called Initiativ Roude Léiw ("Red Lion Initiative") held a press conference explaining their intention to support these initiatives.
Why are the flags of the Netherlands and Luxembourg the same?