You can find on this page the Switzerland flag map to print and to download in PDF. The Switzerland flag map presents the flag of Switzerland in the area map of Switzerland. And also the history of the flag of Switzerland in Western Europe.

Switzerland flag map

Maps of Switzerland flag

The Switzerland flag map shows the flag of Switzerland in empty Switzerland map. This flag map of Switzerland will allow you to know the history, origins and composition of the flag of Switzerland in Western Europe. The Switzerland flag map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

The flag of Switzerland consists of a red flag with a white cross (a bold, equilateral cross) in the centre. It is one of only two square sovereign-state flags, the other being the flag of the Vatican City. (The civil and state ensign, used by Swiss ships and boats, has more the more common proportions of 2:3.).Only the dimensions of the cross are formally established since 1889: "The coat of arms of the federation is, within a red field, an upright white cross, whose [four] arms of equal length are one and a sixth times as long as they are wide." The size of the cross in relation to the field is not formally established except on the naval ensign, for which the ratio of the size of the cross to the height is 5:8, and to the length is 5:12. A ratio of 2:3 or 7:10 to the span of the flag is usual as you can see in Switzerland flag map.

The ultimate origin of the white cross is attributed by three competing legends as its mentioned in Switzerland flag map: To the Theban Legion, to the Reichssturmfahne (Imperial War Banner) attested from the 12th century, and to the Arma Christi that were especially venerated in the three forest cantons, and which they were allegedly allowed to display on the formerly uniformly red battle flag from 1289 by king Rudolph I of Habsburg at the occasion of a campaign to Besançon. Use of a white cross as a mark of identification of the combined troops of the Old Swiss Confederacy is first attested in the Battle of Laupen (1339), where it was sewn on combatants clothing as two stripes of textile, contrasting with the red St. George cross of Habsburg Austria, and with the St. Andrew cross used by Burgundy and Maximilian I. The first flag used as a field sign representing the confederacy rather than the individual cantons may have been used in the Battle of Arbedo in 1422 (notably without the participation of Schwyz). This was a triangular red flag with an elongated white cross.

The flag is flown around the year from private and commercial buildings as a display of patriotism, particularly in rural areas and often together with the cantonal and municipal flag. On Swiss National Day, August 1, the streets and buildings are traditionally festooned in celebration with Swiss flags and banners. The shade of red used in the flag is not defined by law. Swiss government bodies have used various shades throughout history. In 2007, the Federal Chancellery published a corporate design guide for the federal administration. That guide prescribed Pantone CMYK value of PMS 485 (both magenta and yellow at 100 percent) for use in print, and a hexadecimal RGB color value of #FF0000 (red at 100 percent, no green or blue) for online use. The red color to the heraldry corresponds however, to the number of Pantone 032 C, which is in the red of the hexadecimal value of #F00000 RGB color space transposed as its shown in Switzerland flag map.