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by Jan Oskar Engene
by Željko Heimer
(civil flag)
adopted 1946
(state service flag)

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Status of Vienna

Wien (Vienna) is a state (Land) of the Republik Österreich, and at the same time it has municipal status.
M. Schmöger, 17 August 2003

Discussion on the flag

Should there be narrow black lines outside the white cross on the arms of Vienna? The illustration in Diem's (1995) book Die Symbole Österreichs [die95] is large, and lines are clearly visible. In other books the pictures are smaller, and it is difficult to tell whether they are actually part of the flag.
Jan Oskar Engene, 11 April 1996

It seems unheraldic, and all other cases of Austrian flags hold to heraldic rules (cf. Kärnten's nice example of dividing yellow and white with red).
Željko Heimer, 12 April 1996

I saw the Austrian prime minister in TV with some flags behind him. There were clearly those of the European Union, Austria and Styria. I guess the fourth was Vienna's, but unlike the ones shown on FOTW. This was (I believe) a banner of the Viennese Arms. Certainly with the inner black fimbriation, by the way. I only caught a glimpse, so I may be wrong, but I am quite sure what I saw was a large cross and not just a coat-of-arms on a flag.
Santiago Dotor, 5 July 2000

Coat of Arms

by Dr. Peter Diem by Dr. Peter Diem

White cross in red. When making the flag and arms law in 1998, the authorities of Vienna insisted on the black lines in what they described as a "Gothic" shield.
Peter Diem, 16 August 2002

Bezirke (Districts) of Vienna

As far as I know, Wien districts have only coats-of-arms, but not own flags.
M. Schmöger, 3 December 2005