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Games of the Small States of Europe

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[Games of the Small States of Europe flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 24 January 2011

See also:

Flag of Small State Games

Games of the Small States of Europe
Jeux des Petits États d'Europe (French)
Spiele der kleinen Staaten von Europa (German)
Giochi dei Piccoli Stati D'Europa (Italian)

The flag of the small states game was posted on the Andorra 2005 website: (no longer available). It is a white flag with a logo centered composed of of a black torch with red flames and four blue rings on each side.
Marc Pasquin, 23 March 2008

This might be related to the total of 8 eligible and participating countries. In a link with the proposed flag thread: Prominent in the symbol for the 2007 games were over a dark coloured bowl four red lozenges, on white, with flame tips, symbolising the Olympic flames.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 23 March 2008

In the 2007 games in Monaco several people commented on the possibility of Montenegro joining the games, and the general view seemed to be that they were welcome. Cyprus 2009 might tell us more. The 2007 games had a website:; the event journal is on I didn't see the event flag in the colours of the logo, but on that same page three of the flags of the event in the colours of the event, blue and (off?) white, can be seen in several pictures, which have the entire emblem in mono-colour.

- The Monday journal, 1, shows another, specimen of the flag of the games, but without the golden fringe. Like for the Olympic Games, the flag passed from one organising city to the next should apparently be considered the banner of the games.
- The Thursday journal, 4, treats the case of Montenegro.
- The Saturday journal, 6, has the banner being past on to Cyprus, but apart from the flames we can't see very much of the charge. Near the bottom is a good depiction of the whole emblem of the event.

The lozenges not only appear in the emblem, btw, but also on the clothing of the Monegasque athletes.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 March 2008

Image of flag: It seems the ratio is 2:3.
Zoltan Horvath, 24 January 2011

Small State Games: San Marino 2001

The IXth Small States Games took place in 2001. Since San Marino does not miss any opportunity to release post stamps, this sport event was celebrated by the release of a leaf of eight stamps. The top and bottom of the leaf are decorated with the arms of San Marino and a logo which could be the one of San Marino National Olympic Committee (the black-and-white image in my stamp catalogue is too small to see anything but the Olympic rings).

The vertical margins of the leaf are decorated with the flags of the participating nations, which are weirdly represented as pennants. In the left margin, from top to bottom, are shown:

In the right margin, from top to bottom, are shown:

[Note that some of these 'small states' already won medals in regular Olympics. I can remember Josy Bartels winning 5,000 m and/or 10,000 m in athletics in 1952 or 1956 for Luxembourg, a judoka winning a bronze medal in 1984 for Iceland, not to mention the medals won in Winter Olympics by the Wenzel family for Liechtenstein and Marc Girardelli for Luxembourg.]

Ivan Sache, August 25, 2001

Cyprus 2009

The Media Guide, downloadable from, tells us:
"Montenegro, whose National Olympic Committee was recognised in 2007, has not yet requested to join the GSSE." Apparently it's just a member of the Athletic Association of the Small States of Europe, without partaking in the games.

The closing ceremony (video found in the media section), shows a large fringeless version of the flag being lowered from the pole, and a fringed version as Banner of the Games being passed from Cyprus to Liechtenstein, for 2011. A difference between the two is that the pole flag had the grey torch and black (maybe even bluish) rings, whereas the banner has the rings lighter coloured, probably bluish, and the torch black.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 June 2010