Last modified: 2003-12-05 by santiago dotor
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1:1 | stripes 4+7+4
by Marcus Schmöger
The flag for the Minister-Präsident is square blue on white on red fimbriated yellow. On the white stripe appear the bull's head and the griffin. The proportions of the flag is 30cm x 30cm, and for a Minister 25cm x 25cm. [Source: Flag Act 15th August 1991.]
Pascal Vagnat, 19 December 1995
Minister-president and president of the local parliament: blue-white-red with the ox head and the griffin on the white strip and a yellow border around the flag, dimensions 30 × 30 cm. For the minister[s?], same flag but dimensions 25 × 25 cm. Source: personal and legal archives, with legislation and official documents from the German Länder, as well as the informations of Jürgen Rimann, the best German specialist for all the car flags in the world and a very reliable source.
Pascal Vagnat, 1 August 1999
The law and the regulation [see under civil flag] mention a car flag (Standarte für Dienstfahrzeuge) for some authorities. This is a square flag of blue-white-red horizontal stripes (relation 4:7:4) with the ox head and griffin in the centre. Around the flag there is a yellow border or fringe. The illustration in the law shows it as a yellow border; however, I think it should be a fringe. The car flag is used by the Ministerpräsident (prime minister) and the Landtagspräsident (speaker of parliament) in the size 30 × 30 cm, by the Minister (ministers) in the size 25 × 25 cm. Sources: as above for the civil flag.
Marcus Schmöger, 17 September 2001
I guess the key question here is, does the illustration in the law show this yellow stripe also along the hoist? If it does, it is a border. If it does not, it is a fringe.
Santiago Dotor, 18 September 2001
I will soon contact Jürgen Rimann, who is the German expert on car flags. I made the image according to the law; in the law the border/fringe is also on the hoist side, but I do not think that this does prove it is a border, not a fringe; it is just a hint. There are so many mistakes/uncertainties in official texts on flags in Germany, that it is difficult to find out.
Marcus Schmöger, 18 September 2001
One more hint supporting the border theory is that the middle yellow stripe of the state flag one of the three colours coming from the historical Mecklenburg flag does not appear in this flag, which could be understood as "there is no need for a yellow stripe, since here we have a yellow border". Just a thought.
Santiago Dotor, 19 September 2001