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Appenzell Innerrhoden canton (Switzerland)


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[Flag of Appenzell Innerrhoden] image by António Martins

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Description of the flag

Argent, a bear rampant sable, armed langued and priapic in his virility gules.
On a white field, an upright black bear with red claws and a red erect penis.
When a single flag or arms for both cantons is required, that of Appenzell Innerrhoden is displayed.
T.F. Mills, 28 October 1997

[Stained glass plate (1937), prize awarded by the cantonal shooting club (Appenzell Innerrhoder Kantonalschützenverband). Banner carrier with cantonal flag and CoA of communes and Rhoden. Location: AIKSV (source)]

Symbolism of the flag

The bear is a symbol of power, courage, might and virility. The symbolism of this particular bear is explained by its history. 
T.F. Mills, 28 October 1997

Colour Flag

[Colour Flag AI] image by Ole Andersen

Simple rectangular cantonal flag, as shown in Mader (1942) (So-called colour flag [Farbenfahne in German]).
Martin Karner

Flaggen, Knatterfahnen and Livery Colours




[livery colours]

images by Pascal Gross

Flaggen are vertically hoisted from a crossbar in the manner of gonfanon, in ratio of about 2:9, with a swallowtail that indents about 2 units. The chief, or hoist (square part) usually incorporates the design from the coat of arms – not from the flag. The fly part is always divided lengthwise, usually in a bicolour, triband or tricolour pattern (except Schwyz which is monocolour, and Glarus which has four stripes of unequal width). The colours chosen for the fly end are usually the main colours of the coat of arms, but the choice is not always straight forward.

Knatterfahnen are similar to Flaggen, but hoisted from the long side and have no swallow tail. They normally show the national, cantonal or communal flag in their chiefs.
Željko Heimer, 16 July 2000


image located by Martin Karner (8 May 2024)