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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = flagpole
Genova-Quarto dei Mille.JPG
A long pole built to hold a flag
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

Hibbs flagpole.JPG
Blaue Flagge hr 2007.jpg

Flagpoles are important manmade landmarks. Usually they are visible over a long distance. Some flags are signals (at beach for swimmers). See Emergency_(facilities)#Lifeguards

We map the 'flagpole' rather than just a 'flag', because a flagpole has a clear static location. Information about the flag typically flown on that flagpole can be added with attributes.

How to map


Tags to use in combination

  • operator=* - Who hoists the flag?
  • flag:type=signal/national/governmental/... - A type classification for flags
  • height=## - Height of the flagpole in metres (No need to write 'metres' or 'm'. Just the number)
  • lit=yes - If the flag is lit up, e.g. with floodlights at night
  • advertising=flag - For advertisement, rather than civic flags


Only distinctive flagpoles should be mapped. This definition does not aim on the small flags on golfcourses.

Possible Rendering

Man made flagpole.svg suggested by User:Chrisana13

Future additions

There are very few signal flags in the map. We will have to evaluate what tags are most useful to describe the kind of signal and the meaning. In a further proposal the flag can be extended.

See also