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Croatian Democratic Union (Political party, Croatia)

Hrvatska demokratska zajednica - HDZ

Last modified: 2023-09-02 by rob raeside
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[Flag of HDZ] image by Željko Heimer, 20 February 2005

[Flag of HDZ] image by Samuel Edwards, 11 August 2023
based on photo located by Paul Bassinson, 9 August 2023

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Presentation of HDZ

HDZ was established on 17 June 1989 in Zagreb by former President of the Republic Tudjman. HDZ governed Croatia in 1990-2000 and 2003-present.

Željko Heimer, 20 February 2010

The HDZ is the dominant political party in Croatia and was the first modern party to be elected to power during the nation's first elections (these took place in the 1990s during the dissolution of Yugoslavia). It is traditionally described to be a conservative populist party.

Samuel Edwards, 11 August 2023

Flag of HDZ

The flag of HDZ is prescribed in the party's statutes (website) as light blue with the party's emblem in the middle and the party's logo placed below. As a rule the flag is adorned with a silver or golden fringe on three sides. Akthough there is no indication about weather this is a horizontal or vertical flag, only the vertical version is used. Even when it is attached to the flag staff in a way one would expect to have rotated design.
The emblem consist of a letter "H" composed of red and blue squares and of a white triple wattle. The logo is made of the blue letters "HDZ" with a red tilted square in the upper left corner.

Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002

A photo of a variation of the flag of the Croatian Democratic Union (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica) can be obtained from

Paul Bassinson, 9 August 2023

Former flag of HDZ

[Former flag of HDZ]

Former flag of HDZ - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 February 2005

The flag as used while President Tudjman was alive was silver; it was usually made of shiny metalic textile - and gray when printed. When the change to light blue was made is not sure, probably before 1999 (the party's statutes prescribing a light blue field was adopted in 2000.

Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002

Young Croatian Democratic Union

[Former flag of MHDZ]

Flag of MHDZ - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002

Young Croatian Democratic Union (Mladež Hrvatske demokratske zajednice, MHDZ) is the youth organization of HDZ. MHDZ uses a flag composed of gray (silver) and white squares artistically designed so as if made by diagonal filling. In the middle of the flag the gray parts are changed into red and blue, thogether with the word "mladež" (youth) forming the emblem of the organization.

Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002