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Yesterday was the great Hungarian national holiday. I have seen some settlements flags on TV. Szeged City, Hungary: On light blue field there is the Coat of Arms of the city. Vertical. ratio 1:2
István Molnár, 16 March 2001

Last Monday I was in Szeged and I have seen the flag. This flag is NOT an hanging flag. Ratio: 2:1. On blue field there is the Coat of Arms of the city.
István Molnár, 2 May 2001

On 1 October, 1997, a part of the city, Algyo, left Szeged and became an independent village again.
Zoltán Turay, 5 January 2005

Historical Flags

image by Rob Raeside, 23 October 2000

This flag appears at Dr. Széll Sándor: Városaink neve, címere és lobogója (1941) as "Szeged, Csongrád Co.".
István Molnár, 20 October 2000

Szeged flag is a banner of arms (The Coat of Arms kept its place even during the Communist regime with red star added). It won't surprise me if the same flag is also in use today.
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2000

image from <>, located by István Molnár, 31 March 2002

An historical flag with the Coat of Arms of Szeged. New exhibition in Szeged "The most beautiful flags of the last two centuries" by the Móra Ferenc Múzeum.
István Molnár, 31 March 2002

1974-1989 Flag

image by István Molnár

Szeged city - "The today Coat of Arms of the city adopted the eagle from the old Coat of Arms. The pattern's blue field with the silver stripes relates to the Tisza and Maros rivers. The gold sun is the symbol of the uninterrupted renewal and relates to Szeged as a city of the sunshine and as the center of the intellectual life of the country region."
Source: A magyar városok címerei (Coat of Arms of the Hungarian cities and towns); 1975
István Molnár, 17 December 2000

Coat of Arms

image from <>, located by István Molnár

From <>:
The Coat of Arms originally was given by King Charles (Károly) III on 21 May 1719, when the city became Free Royal City (again).
The Coat of Arms was removed in 1948 (cmmunist era).
It was readopted after 1989. Resolutions about the using of the Coat of Arms and the flag and modifying res.:
16/1993. (VII. 10.)
25/1998. ( VII.27.)
6/2000. (II. 18.)
See: <>.
István Molnár, 10 December 2001

Scientific University of Szeged

image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 September 2007

coat of arms
image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 September 2007

I came across a photo of a honoris causa ceremony that included three flags: EU, Hungary (state flag) and a light grey flag with a Coat of Arms in the center that I could not identify. The photo is at <>.
Jorge Candeas, 22 April 2005

The logic dictates that the third flag would be that of the University, though that the arrangement of the three flags is not quite as it should be according to the protocol rules.   The Coat of Arms of the University of Szeged may be see on their home page <> but not of the best quality, however, clearly the same emblem as on the flag in question. I suppose that the text around the Coat of Arms reads in Latin: Universitas Scientiarium Szegediensis, and in Magyar: Szegedi Tudományegyetem. (The amount of text around the Coat of Arms would suggestthat both languages are used).
Željko Heimer, 23 April 2005

At another photos in here and here, you'll find the same symbol hanging on the wall. According to it, the flag belongs to the "Universitas Scientiarium Szegediensis / Szegedi Tudományegyetem".
Ned Smith and Jorge Candeas, 23 April 2005

About the history and the name of the university see <>.
Timeline of the university:
1 Kolozsvári Tudományegyetem - Kolozsvár (1872–1881)
2 Ferenc József Tudományegyetem - Kolozsvár (1881–1919)
3 Ferenc József Tudományegyetem - Budapest (1919–1921)
4 Ferenc József Tudományegyetem - Szeged (1921–1940)
5 Ferenc József Tudományegyetem - Kolozsvár (1940–1945)
6 Szegedi Tudományegyetem - Szeged (1945–1962)
7 József Attila Tudományegyetem - Szeged (1962–1999)
8 Szegedi Tudományegyetem - Szeged (2000– )
Source: <>.
István Molnár, 4 February 2006

The SZEGEDI TUDOMÁNYEGYETEM (University of Sciencesof Szeged, Szeged University, or simply University of Szeged) is located in the eponymous city. It has now incorporated several other institutions which were either autonomous or totally separate as faculties or departments of the university, notably the former Juhász Gyula University of Education. The university logo is also the university seal, and can be seen on Wikipedia. It consists of an escutcheon with a scalloped top, curved flanks, and a pointed base. The escutcheon is divided per fess, with the Chief being by far the largest portion. The Chief has a field gules charged with a Griffin Rampant or facing dexter and grasping a flaming torch or in its forepaws. The base of the escutcheon is separated by two horizontal pale blue lines fimbriated azure from the Chief. It has an azure field charged with the walls of a city in pale blue; the brickwork is detailed in black, and is surmounted by three embattled towers, of which the middle one is the highest. There is also a portcullis directly beneath this central tower, with a black moat below it. The escutcheon rests on two laurel wreaths vert with their stems crossed saltirewise and bound with a ribbon gules edged sable and folded into three parts, with their ends being forked. The ribbon is inscribed in black block lettering with the university motto, VERITAS LIBERTAS VIRTUS (Truth Liberty Virtue). The university name is written in Latin in black block lettering around the upper circumference of the entire design and in Hungarian in the same format around the lower portion, with two small black dots at the three and nine o'clock positions respectively.
The photograph menthioned above clearly shows a gray or silver rectangular flag emblazoned with the university arms as described at length above.
Ron Lahav, 22 August 2007