Flag of Montenegro

The flag of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Застава Црне Горе, romanized: Zastava Crne Gore) was officially adopted with the Law on the state symbols and the statehood day of Montenegro on 13 July 2004 at the proposal of the government of Montenegro. It was constitutionally sanctioned with the proclamation of the Constitution on 22 October 2007. It is a red banner with broader golden edges all around the red field with the coat of arms of Montenegro in its center.

UseNational flag, civil and state ensign
AdoptedJuly 13, 2004; 17 years ago (2004-07-13)
September 15, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-09-15) (standardized)[1]
DesignA red field surrounded by a golden border; charged with the Coat of Arms at the centre. The coat of arms in the flag occupies 23 of its height. The width of the golden border is 120 the width of the hoist side
Variant flag of Montenegro
UseNational flag, vertical banner

The Law on the state symbols and the statehood day of Montenegro reached full effect the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of Montenegro. The publication occurred 12 July 2004 and the legal power of the Law occurred the day after, on 13 July 2004 – the statehood day of Montenegro.


The flag of Montenegro is red, with the coat of arms in the middle, and golden borders. The ratio of the flag is 1:2. The coat of arms takes up 23 of the flag's height. The middle point of the coat of arms matches the middle point of the flag. The width of the border is 120 of the flag's proportions. Two versions of the Montenegrin flag are in use, horizontal, mostly used outdoor; and vertical, mostly used indoor.

Use of flag

The flag is permanently hoisted on:

  • the Parliament of Montenegro;
  • buildings which are official premises of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the High Court, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme State Attorney and the Human Rights Ombudsman;
  • the residence of the President of Montenegro.

The flag is also hoisted on:

  • the statehood day of Montenegro and in days of other state holidays of Montenegro, on buildings in which are seated state bodies and other bodies of government
  • buildings of the representations of Montenegro abroad;
  • aircraft, ships and other vessels according to special regulations;
  • voting sites during elections and referendums;
  • mourning days determined by the Government, half-masted.

The flag may also be hoisted during international meetings, political, scientific, cultural, artistic, sporting and other manifestations in which Montenegro is represented, according to the rules of such events.

According to international tradition, when the flag is hoisted together with one or more flags of other states or international organizations on Montenegrin soil, the flag takes the place of honour. The place of honour is considered the center of a circle, the top of a semicircle, the first place in a row, column or a group of flags, the central position between the flags and the left side as seen from the front from the flags of other states or international organizations.

The flag is hoisted, lowered and carried with the usual honors (standing up, saluting etc.) The flag can not be hoisted so as to touch the ground, nor should be used as a table cloth, curtain or similar.[2]


The historical war flags were the krstaš-barjak, plain flags with crosses in the center.

  • The Montenegrin war flag used in the Battle of Vučji Do (1876) was red with a white cross pattée in the center and a white border. This flag was used as the military stag during the Montenegrin-Ottoman wars. The same flag was used in Cetinje in 1878,[3] upon the recognition of independence by the Ottoman Empire at San Stefano.
  • According to the 1905 constitution, the national flag was a tricolour of red-bluish-white,[4] which were the colours of Montenegrin folk costume.

Flags as the state symbols were introduced only in the time of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Before him, the principal Montenegrin flag had been the alaj-barjak (regimental colors) with a single symbol on it – the cross (krst). The first written description of a Montenegrin flag dates from the time of Šćepan Mali: it was white, with a red frame and a golden cross on top of the spear. The next comes from 1838: pale-yellow with the small red cross, and in 1876 the flag was described as red with a white cross. At the time of Prince Danilo, the cross on the alaj-barjak was replaced by the two-headed eagle with the initials DI (Danilo I) on its breast, with the lion passant underneath. Prince/King Nikola used many different flags in his time. The first of the variants was the same as Danilo's, differing only in the initials – NI (Nikola I). Around 1910, two new variants appeared: one tricolor (red, blue and white) with the two-headed eagle bearing the initials NI on its breast and the lion passant on the sinister, the other with the two-headed eagle above the initials NI.[5]

In late 1946 a new flag of the People's Republic of Montenegro, a constituent republic of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, was adopted. It returned the traditional tricolor adding an ideological communist Red Star to its center. The standardization of the flags of the Yugoslav Republics meant that the flag of SR Montenegro was identical to that of SR Serbia, as they continued the use of the tricolours of the Kingdom of Montenegro and the Kingdom of Serbia respectively. The flag of the Socialist Republic was used until 1993, when the proclaimed flag was red, bluish and white vertical tricolor, with the size ratio of 1:3, making it the widest national flag in the world. In 2004 the tricolor flag was replaced with the current flag.

pre-19th century 1852–1905 1905–1918 1946–1992 1992–2004 2004–present

See also


  • For a transitional period of 60 days after the adoption of the current flag, the proportion of the golden eagle was 13 of the flag's size, instead of 23.


  1. "Montenegro". June 2006. Different versions of the national flag of Montenegro were seen during the period between the adoption of the law (12 July 2004) and the release of the official etalon of the flag and arms (15 September 2004). The flags used in the first days after the flag was adopted had a golden fringe instead of the golden border. It has passed quite some time that the initially made fringed flag has been used up and the flags with proper golden border were introduced into usage. The borderless fringed flag are still to be seen in use occasionally.
  2. Law of state symbols
  3. Nenadović, Ljubomir P. (1929). O Crnogorcima: pisma sa Cetinja 1878. godine, Volume 212 (in Serbian). Štamparija "Sv. Sava,". p. 187.
  4. Grbovi, zastave i himne u istoriji Crne Gore. p. 66. У члану 39. стоји: "Народне су боје: црвена плаветна и бијела". Ова уставна одредба може се сматрати првим законским утемељењем црногорске државне (народне) заставе. Претхо- дним планом (38) прописан је државни грб ...
  5. Historical symbols, Official Montenegrin web presentation Archived 28 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine