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Lower Silesian voivodship (Poland)

Województwo dolnośląskie

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[Dolnoslaskie new flag 2009] image by Jens Pattke, 31 Dec 2009
adopted 17 Dec 2009 See also:

Dolnośląskie December 2009 flag

A new flag of the voivodship of Lower Silesia was adopted by resolution of the Lower Silesia Regional Assembly No. XXVI/483/2000 on 27 October 2000. This flag has resulted two horizontal stripes (upper white, lower red), and in the centre the coat of arms of the Lower Silesia province that is a black eagle on a golden shield.

It was abolished by resolution of the Lower Silesia Regional Assembly  No. XXI/298/08 dated 31 January 2008 , after having made a complaint to the Parliament of the Governor of Lower Silesia. Because of the ban was the use of the Polish national colors.

The new flag has been established by resolution of the Lower Silesia Regional Assembly  No. XXXI/496/08 on October 30, 2008 .
After a negative opinion by Polish National Heraldic Commission on July 23, 2009, the Parliament of Lower Silesia adopts by resolution of the Lower Silesia Regional Assembly  No. XLIII/696/09 a new flag design. This flag was established by resolution of the Lower Silesia Regional Assembly No. XLVII/810/09 on December 17, 2009.

More info:   (PDF; 500kB, in Polish) and  (in Polish)

Color specification:
yellow: RGB (Hex FAD200)
white: RGB (Hex FFFFFF)
black: RGB (Hex 000000)

Source: Uchwala Nr XLVII/810/09 Sejmiku Województwa Dolnoslaskiego z dnia 17 grudnia 2009 r. w sprawie ustanowienia herbu i flagi heraldycznej Województwa Dolnoslaskiego.
[Only eagle eyes can see the modifications in the shape of the eagle.]
Jens Pattke, 31 Dec 2009

Dolnośląskie 2009 flag

[Dolnoslaskie new flagp 2009] image by Maciej Borowski, 28 Jul 2009
adopted 23 Jul 2009

I would like to announce that on July 23rd the silesian eagle has been changed and new Coat of Arms & flag have been adopted.
Details in Wikimedia Commons:
- coat of arms:
- flag.
Maciej Borowski, 28 Jul 2009

The Heraldic Commission in Warsaw complained the head of the eagle is too flat, the crescent with the cross too thin, and they didn't like the talons and the tail of the eagle. The final design, which they approved, has the head rounded a bit, the crescent and cross fatter and the white accents removed from the tail and talons - also made little smaller. The eagle doesn't occupy so much space on the flag in the final version also.
Source: voivodship website,
There is an article on the reservations of the Heraldic Commission here. Nothing new is said there, except they also complained the "eye of the eagle is deprived the predatory flash" in addition to other objections.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 28 Jul 2009

Should the crescent-like charge on the eagle's wings be considered a "kleestengel" (in English "cloverstem")? What does the official blazon say?
Chris Southworth, 29 Jul 2009

Not being an expert in the heraldic terminology, I just want to say that the devise in question is a particular element of the Arms of the Silesian Piast princes.
It is called "przepaska z krzyzem" = "band with cross", but this is not a very good translation as the word "przepaska" is rather difficult to translate - it has multiple meanings depending on the context - "crescent-shaped band with cross" is how I would attempt to translate it.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 29 Jul 2009

The figure in the arms of Silesia are definitely not an eagle with a cloverstem ("kleestengel"). A cloverstem is thinner, like a part of a circle, spreading out nearly completely over both wings with threefold leaves of clover (=trefoils) at each end and without any cross.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Jul 2009

Dolnośląskie 2009 coat of arms

[Dolnoslaskie new Coat of Arms 2009] image by Maciej Borowski, 28 Jul 2009
adopted 23 Jul 2009

Dolnośląskie new flag

[Dolnoslaskie new flag proposal #4] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2008
adopted 30 Oct 2008

Dolnośląskie Voivodship has the new flag finally!
As expected, on October 30, 2008, Sejmik (Legislature) passed the resolution adopting the new flag.
Now it has to be accepted by the Ministry of Interior and Administration, which is a forgone conclusion, as the Ministry was in favor of the same flag in 2001 already.
The decision of the Legislature was announced today in Wrocław by the spokeswoman of the Marshall's Office - Ms.Marta Libner-Zoniuk.

New flag is yellow with the Arms of Lower Silesia placed centrally on it - the black eagle of the Piasts with the crescent-shaped silver band on its chest, a symbol related to Prince Henry I the Bearded (Henryk I Brodaty - Heinrich I der Bärtige) of the Silesian line of the Piast Dynasty, Duke of Lower Silesia (1201-38) and Duke of Lesser Poland (thus Senior Prince of Poland) 1232-38.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 31 Oct 2008

Based on news arised yesterday in Polish local media, Sejmik (Lower Silesian Parlament) has decided on the new flag of voivodship during their XXXI session on 30 October, 2008.
The gif has been sent earlier by Jarig Bakker as pl!ds108.gif
Zoltan Horvath, 1 Nov 2008

The session was held on Thursday, 10/30 2008.
XXXI sesja Sejmiku Województwa Dolnośląskiego 2008-10-30. Dziś odbywa się XXXI sesja Sejmiku Województwa Dolnośląskiego.
- Pierwsze czytanie uchwały w sprawie uchwalenia projektu Statutu Województwa Dolnośląskiego (druk Nr XXXI/328/a)
- Drugie czytanie uchwały w sprawie wystąpienia z wnioskiem do Ministra Spraw Wewnętrznych i Administracji Publicznej o zaopiniowanie wzorów chorągwi i flagi Województwa Dolnośląskiego (druk Nr XXX/330/a)
Source: .
Official Informationen about new flag of Lower Silesia Voivodship: (In Polish)
Flag specification and color palette: (In Polish; 1,5 Mb)
Jens Pattke, 1 Nov 2008

The proposal # 4 is the official flag of the Dolnośląskie Vojvodship since 20 October 2008, see the vojvodship laws.
Polish name of the law: Uchwała Nr XXXI/496/08 w sprawie wystąpienia z wnioskiem do Ministra Spraw Wewnętrznych i Administracji Publicznej o zaopiniowanie wzorów chorągwi i flagi Województwa Dolnośląskiego.
See this law, annexes.
Proportions 5:8.
Jens Pattke, 29 Nov 2008

Dolnośląskie Voivodship obsolete flag

[Dolnoslaskie Voivodship flag] image by Adam Kromer, from his site.
obsolete flag

The Lower Silesia Vojvodship (Dolnoslaskie) has to change its flag because of the white - red colours are forbidden only for the polish national flag. I heard it this week on the polish public tv. The former german flag for this region was white - yellow.
Jarek Rąbalski, 3 Feb 2008

Despite the efforts of the leadership, the Lower Silesian Legislature (Sejmik) failed yesterday to choose between the two final proposals for the flag of the Voivodship. The debate on the subject was postponed until new session.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 1 Oct 2008

Dolnośląskie Voivodship coat of arms

[Dolnoslaskie Voivodship Coat of Arms] image by Adam Kromer, from his site.

Dolnośląskie newest flag proposal

[Dolnoslaskie newest flag proposal] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 17 Oct 2008

Next voting on the choice of the new flag will take place at the end of this month.
The previous proposals will face a new one ( or rather rehashed ones from 2001 - black eagle on golden flag, either in the center of it, or in the canton)
The choice of new flag in September was hampered by the overwhelmingly negative opinion by the general public and was a pawn in the political infighting in the Legislature (Sejmik) between the coalition of PO (Citizen's Platform) and its partner PSL (Polish Peasantś Party on one side and PiS (Law and Justice) on the other. (PO didn't want PiS to take credit for the new flag)
The new (old) proposal was submitted yesterday by the Marshal of Sejmik (Legislature), Mr.Marek Łapiński of PO (Citizen's Platform) and is virtually assured passage in the incoming vote due to the majority which the coalition commands now and to the anticipated better reception by the general public, which called the September proposal either "Prussian flag" or "flag of the Luftwaffe".
The black eagle on gold reflects better both Polish and German heritage of Lower Silesia and should be more acceptable to the citizens of the Voivodship.
Attached is a proposal with the eagle in the canton.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 17 Oct 2008

Dolnośląskie new flag proposals

[Dolnoslaskie new flag proposal] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2008

This is just to make you aware of the upcoming vote in the Lower Silesian legislature (Sejmik) to chose the new flags (territorial and ceremonial) from among two final sets of proposals. The vote is supposed to take place this month (September), although the precise date wasn't announced yet.
Attached are the final proposals which would be subject to vote by the Legislature.

Public reaction is rather lukewarm, most of the respondents don't like neither one of the proposals.
The Coat of Arms stays the same as before.
Source: this webpage.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 11 Sep 2008

Dolnośląskie new flag proposal #2

[Dolnoslaskie new flag proposal #2] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2008

Dolnośląskie new flag proposal #3

[Dolnoslaskie new flag proposal #3] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2008