The Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina features a blue field with a yellow right triangle adjacent to the hoist side, and seven full and two half white five-pointed stars top and bottom along the hypotenuse of the triangle. The blue background symbolizes Europe, the yellow triangle represents the three constituent peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs), and the stars, intended to mirror the European Union flag, signify infinity.

The Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina

History

The current flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted on February 4, 1998, replacing the original flag used after gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1992. The original flag bore the arms of the medieval Kingdom of Bosnia and was primarily white, featuring a blue shield with six golden fleur-de-lis arranged in two rows. The change was prompted by the need for a neutral symbol that did not favor any of the country's three main ethnic groups. The Office of the High Representative, who oversaw the peace agreement after the Bosnian War, proposed the new design to reflect the country's commitment to peace and integration into the European Union.