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Viet Nam

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Last modified: 2006-09-23 by phil nelson
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[Viet Nam] image by Željko Heimer
Proportions: 2:3
Usage Code: [FIS Code]

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[Viet Nam] image by Željko Heimer

Local Name: Cộng Ha X Hội Chủ Nghĩa Việt
ISO Code: VN VNM 704
FIPS 10-4 Code: VM
MARC Code: vm
IOC Code: VIE



See also:

The Viet Nam flag

The five points of the star stand for the farmers, workers, intellectuals, youth and soldiers. Adopted 1955 (modified from 1945 flag). (Jos Poels, Prisma vlaggenboek, 1990)
Mark Sensen - 19 September 1997


I did not see any reference to the date on which they turned on the actual pattern. Well, here it is: the current flag of Viet Nam was officially put into use by the then North Viet Nam on 30 November 1955.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 10 October 1997


The adoption date given on FOTW is 30 September 1955. On the other hand, Smith [smi82] gives date of "official hoisting 2 July 1976". This is explained, I guess so - the 1955 was adoption of the flag by Democratic Republic of Viet Nam (i.e. North Viet Nam), while in 1976 it was adopted by the united Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
Željko Heimer, 7 September 2003


New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark has just completed a brief state visit to Vietnam, prior to the APEC meeting in Thailand.

News footage here showed a motorcade with cars flying small NZ and Vietnamese flags. The Vietnamese flag definitely had the gold star displaced towards the hoist, I'd say about 2/5 of the way from hoist to fly, rather than centred as in the usual national flag.
James Dignan, 19 October 2003


Coat of Arms

[Viet Nam Coat of Arms] image contributed by Esteban Rivera, 15 April 2006
Source: Wikipedia


1945-1955 flag

[Viet Nam (1945)] image by Željko Heimer

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[Viet Nam (1945 Construction Sheet)] image by Željko Heimer

The star in the 1945 flag is made in such a way that the inscribed circle (i.e., the one touching the inner angles) is half the diameter of the circumscribed circle (that touches the outer points). Adopted 29 September, 1945.