The flag of Austria consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width – the top and bottom stripes are red, while the middle stripe is white.
The colors on the Austrian flag have significant meanings. The red stripes represent the blood shed by Austrians in defense of their country and their freedoms, while the white stripe represents peace and honesty.
The current design of the Austrian flag was adopted on May 1, 1945. The design of the flag is based on the coat of arms of the Babenberg dynasty, a powerful medieval family that ruled Austria from the 10th to the 13th centuries.