Serbia Flag Colors, Meaning & History

Serbia flag
Color Palette
Red#E40046228, 0, 700, 100, 69, 11
Blue#0121691, 33, 10599, 69, 0, 59
White#FFFFFF255, 255, 2550, 0, 0, 0
Yellow#FFC72C255, 199, 440, 22, 83, 0

The flag of Serbia has three equal horizontal stripes of red, blue and white from top to bottom. The coat of arms is placed close to the hoist side. The coat of arms features a red shield bearing a white cross with a Cyrillic C in each corner. The coat of arms also features a white double-headed crowned eagle and a fleur-de-lis next to each talon. On the top of the shield and the eagle, there is a golden crown ornamented with jewelry.

Meaning of the Flag of Serbia

The red color on the Serbian flag stands for the blood shed for the nation. The blue color represents freedom, fidelity, and loyalty. The white color is a symbol of purity and honesty. Among the Serbian people, the white color is believed to embody the mother’s milk that feeds strong Serbian children.

History of the Flag of Serbia

Serbia was under Ottoman rule. When the Serbians revolted against the Ottomans, the flag was introduced in 1804. It used the same colors as the Russian Flag, but the stripes were rearranged. The country became independent in 1878, and a red-blue-white flag was adopted. After WWI, Serbia joined what was later known as Yugoslavia, which was dissolved in WWII, and then re-established in 1945. The flag hoisted was that of Yugoslavia. in 1992, the flag of Serbia was the Yugoslav flag without the star. In 2004, Serbia adopted the red-blue-white flag with the coat of arms. When Serbia and Montenegro became two independent nations in 2006, the 2004 flag became the official flag.