Fascinating facts and interesting stories

National flags

Flags have been used for 4 000 years as cultural and national symbols. The study of flags and emblems is called vexillology, from the Latin vexillum, meaning “flag” or “guide.” Vexillum is the diminutive for velum, the word for “sail” or “banner.” More than a billion flags are made each year – 100 million flags are made annually in the United States – in different sizes and materials, from small plastic flags used by sports fans to big cloth flags flown on buildings and ships.

Flag factoids

The United Nations flag is the only flag that may fly above the USA flag on an American flagpole.
Libya’s flag is the only flag which is all one color (green) with no writing or decoration on it.
The only place where a flag flies all day, never goes up or comes down, never flies half-mast and does not get saluted, is the moon.
Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag (she also run a munitions factory in her basement).
The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war.
The Nepalese flag has the most unique shape.
The Swiss flag is square.
Red is color most used on flags (75% of flags) followed by white (70%) and blue (50%).
Flag Day in the USA is June 14th.

USA
U.S.A.
Switzerland
Switzerland
Libya
Libya

The Philippines

The Philippines

Nepal
Nepal

Earth flag

There are a number of flag designs to represent earth but in general the United Nations flag is seen – albeit controversially so – as presenting all earthlings. Flags have also been proposed for neutral areas such as Antarctica and the moon.

United Nations flag
United Nations
Earth flag
Earth flag
– by John McConnell in 1969
Flag of Earth
Flag of Earth
– by James W Cadle in 1970
– used by SETI
Antarctica flag
Antarctica

National flags

Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Albania
Albania
Andorra
Andorra
Algeria
Algeria
Angola
Angola
Argentina
Argentina
Armenia
Armenia
Australia
Australia
Austria
Austria
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Barbados
Barbados
Belarus
Belarus
Belgium
Belgium
Belize
Belize
Benin
Benin
Bhutan
Bhutan
Boznia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bolivia
Bolivia
Botswana
Botswana
Brazil
Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
Brunei
Brunei
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burkina
Faso
Burma
Burma
Burundi
Burundi
Cambodia
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cameroon
Canada
Canada
Chad
Chad
Chile
Chile
China
China
Colombia
Colombia
Comoros
Comoros
Democratic Republic of Congo
Congo,
Democratic Republic of
Republic of Congo
Congo,
Republic of
Croatia
Croatia
Cuba
Cuba
Cyprus
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Denmark
Denmark
Djibouti
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ecuador
Egypt
Egypt
El Salvador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Eritrea
Estonia
Estonia
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
European Union
European Union
Finland
Finland
France
France
Gabon
Gabon
Georgia
Georgia
Germany
Germany
Gibraltar
Gibraltar
Greece
Greece
Guatemala
Guatemala
Haiti
Haiti
Honduras
Honduras
Hungary
Hungary
Iceland
Iceland
India
India
Indonesia
Indonesia
Iran
Iran
Iraq
Iraq
Ireland
Ireland
Israel
Israel
Italy
Italy
Jamaica
Jamaica
Japan
Japan
Jordan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kenya
North Korea
North Korea
South Korea
South Korea
Kosovo
Kosovo
Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Kuwait
Kuwait
Kyrgystan
Kyrgystan
Laos
Laos
Latvia
Latvia
Lebanon
Lebanon
Lesotho
Lesotho
Liberia
Liberia
Libya
Libya
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Macedonia
Madagascar
Madagascar
Malawi
Malawi
Malaysia
Malaysia
Maldives
Maldives

Mali
Mali

Malta
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mauritius
Mexico
Mexico
Moldova
Moldova
Monaco
Monaco
Mongolia
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montenegro
Morocco
Morocco
Mozambique
Mozambique
Namibia
Namibia
Nauru
Nauru
Nepal
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands
New Zealand
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Niger
Niger
Nigeria
Nigeria
Norway
Norway
Oman
Oman
Pakistan
Pakistan
Panama
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Papa New Guinea
Paraguay
Paraguay
Peru
Peru
Philippines
Philippines
Poland
Poland
Portugal
Portugal
Qatar
Qatar
Romania
Romania
Russia
Russia
Rwanda
Rwanda
Suadi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Scotland
Serbia
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Sierra
Leone
Singapore
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Slovenia
Somalia
Somalia
South Africa
South Africa
South Sudan
South Sudan
Spain
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sudan
 Swaziland
Swaziland
 Sweden
Sweden
 Switzerland
Switzerland
Syria
Syria
Taiwan
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Tanzania
Thailand
Thailand
Togo
Togo
Tonga
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkey
Uganda
Uganda
Ukraine
Ukraine
UAE
United Arab Emirates
UK
United Kingdom
USA
USA
Uruguay
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Vatican City
Venezuela
Venezuela
Vietnam
Vietnam
Wales
Wales
Yemen
Yemen
Zambia
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe

Also see: Country Independence Dates

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