ⓘ Flags



A flag is a piece of coloured cloth with a special design that is put on a pole as a symbol. Flags first appeared more than 2000 years ago in China, and in Europe under the Roman Empire. There are many types of flags: A National Flag is the symbol of a country nation. For example, the national flag of the United States is the Stars and Stripes; the flag of the United Kingdom is the Union Flag or Union Jack ; the national flag of France is the Tricolore and the national flag of Armenia has three colours. An Ensign is a special type of national flag for use on ships. Different kinds of ships ...


Flags of Oceania


Flag of India

The modern Flag of The Republic of India has three colours, which are placed horizontally. At the top is saffron, which signifies sacrifice and patriotism. In the middle is white, which stands for truth in word and actions and purity in our thoughts. At the bottom is green, which stands for life and prosperity. In the middle of the white is a blue wheel, which is called the Ashoka Chakra. It has 24 spokes and it stands for progress.The Chakra or the wheel also symbolizes the Power of the State governed by Dharma. It is also called the tiranga or tricolour. The flag was discovered by Venkay ...


Flag of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland uses as its national flag the royal banner known as the Union Flag or, popularly, Union Jack. The design today of the Union Flag comes from the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1801. It has the red cross of Saint George, edged in white, on top of the Cross of Saint Patrick, which are on the Saltire of Saint Andrew. The flag does not contain anything that represents Wales, leading some people to call for a redesign. Its correct measurements are 1:2 i.e. the bottom is twice as long as the sides. However, the British Armed Forces s ...


Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure is a theme park in Jackson Township, New Jersey, United States. It opened on July 4, 1974. The park complex also contains the Hurricane Harbor water park. In 2012, Six Flags combined Great Adventure Park with the Wild Safari Area to form a single 475-acre theme park. As of 2018, the park contained 12 roller coasters. Three are world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro. Kingda Ka, with a top speed of 128 mph feels like taking off from an aircraft carrier. At 458 feet tall guests say on a clear day you can see both the Philadelphia and New York City skylines. ...


Six Flags

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is a company that operates 19 amusement parks in Mexico, the United States and Canada. The parks include theme parks, thrill parks, water parks and family entertainment centers. In 2011, 24.3 million people visited the parks. The name Six Flags, comes from the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America. The original Six Flags park was and still is split into separate regions, such as the Spain and Mexico section which has Sp ...


Flags of the U.S. states and territories

The flags of the U.S. states, territories and federal district exhibit a variety of regional influences and local histories, as well as different styles and design principles. Nonetheless, the majority of the states flags share the same design pattern consisting of the state seal superimposed on a monochrome background, commonly blue. The most recent current state flag is that of Utah February 16, 2011, while the most recent current territorial flag is that of the Northern Mariana Islands July 1, 1985.


Flag of Pakistan

The national flag of Pakistan was designed by Syed Amir uddin Kedwaii and was based on the original flag of the Muslim League. It was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, just days before independence. The flag is referred to in the national anthem as Parcham-e-Sitāra-o-Hilāl in Urdu. The flag comprises a dark green field, representing the Muslim majority of Pakistan, with a vertical white stripe in the hoist, that represents the Christians and other multi-faith communities of the country. In the centre is a white crescent moon, representing progress, and a w ...


Flags of Asia


Flags of Africa


Flag of the Netherlands

The flag of the Netherlands is a tricolour of red, white, and blue. It was introduced in 1572. Since 1937, the flag has officially been the national flag of the Netherlands and of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Flag of Myanmar


Flag of Azad Kashmir

The State flag of AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR traditionally displays the Pakistani national colours, white and dark Green, with a Crescent and star to represent the Muslim-majority all of which shows its Islamic heritage and strong ties with the Federation of Pakistan. It also has a saffron square to represent the Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and other minorities of the disputed region, the colours are clearly influenced by the Mughal Empire. The four white stripes symbolizes the main rivers of the Kashmir region; Indus, Jhelum, Chenab and Ravi. It also represents the five geographic divisions of the ...




Flag of Christmas Island

The blue field means the sea that surrounds the island while the green field means the plants of the island. The southern cross appears in the blue field, showing Christmas Islands connection with Australia as well as its location in the southern hemisphere. The bird is a Golden Bosun, native to the island. The yellow disc means the islands history in mining. There is a map of the island in the centre of the disc.


Flag alphabet

Ships use the flag alphabet to exchange messages. They do this optically, using signal flags. There are different ways in which this can be done: Each flag can represent a letter, all the flags spell out the message A flag used alone usually has a special meaning. A boat supporting a diver will show the "A flag" Several flags used together can form a code, which can be looked up in a code book both ships have. In ship races, flags have different meanings


Flag of East Jerusalem

The Municipal flag of East Jerusalem, is based on the State Flag of Palestine. According to traditional official description, the red stands for unity and the bloodshed of martyrs, the white for peace and a bright future, and the black for the dark past. At the centre is a Green Islamic Octagram or Al-Quds star centred within the white centre bar respectively.


Flag of Europe

The Flag of Europe or European Flag, is an official symbol adopted by two separate organisations, the Council of Europe as a symbol for the whole of Europe, and the European Union. Its made up of a circle of twelve five-pointed yellow stars on a blue field. The design was created in 1955, and officially adopted later that year by the Council of Europe as a symbol for the whole of Europe.


Flag of Rhodesia

The flag of Rhodesia was adopted in 1968 and relinquished in 1979. The 1968–1979 flag design features a Green-White-Green vertical tricolour similar to the Nigerian flag with the full Coat of Arms of Rhodesia in the centre of the white panel. The 1965–1968 flag design features a blue ensign with the coat of arms of Southern Rhodesia. In 1979, Rhodesia changed its name to Zimbabwe Rhodesia and adopted a new flag that featured a Red-White-Green horizontal tricolour similar to the Hungarian flag with a black vertical stripe, fimbriated in white at the hoist, defaced with a representation of t ...


Flag of the United Nations

The flag of the United Nations was created on December 7, 1946, and is made up of the official emblem of the United Nations in white on a blue background. It was designed by Donal McLaughlin. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people and the countries of the world. White and blue are the official colours of the United Nations.


Free Speech Flag

The Free Speech Flag is a symbol to promote freedom of speech. It was designed by artist John Marcotte. It was created on May 1, 2007, during a conflict on the Internet with the group AACS. AACS controlled a code to copy HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. The design of the flag and its colors correspond to that special code. It became popular on the Internet. It inspired other versions.



Half-staff or half-mast describes a flag being displayed at halfway up a flagpole or a ships mast. This is done in many countries as a symbol of respect, mourning, or distress, or a form of honor. The flag does not always have to be flown at exactly the half-way point, sometimes it is acceptable to have the "half-mast" flag at slightly lower or slightly higher than the middle of the flagpole or mast. Originally, "half-staff" meant that the flag had to be flown one flag-width from the top to allow for the "invisible flag of mourning" to be at the top.


International Bear Brotherhood Flag

The International Bear Brotherhood Flag is a flag representing the international bear community. The design was probably inspired by the Gay Rainbow Flag and the Leather Pride Flag. The colors represent all the "fur colors and nationalities around the world." The flag was trademarked in 1995. It has been heavily marketed. It appears on tee shirts, baseball caps, license plates, and other items. Two bear flags preceded the International Bear Brotherhood Flag. A flag created by the Front Range Bears was introduced in 1992. It appeared in pride parades in Denver, San Francisco, and the 1993 M ...


Korean Unification Flag

The background is white. In the center there is a blue figure of the Korean Peninsula, including Jeju Island to the southwest, and Ulleungdo and the Liancourt Rocks to the east, added in 2003. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, Ulleungdo and the Liancourt Rocks were not included in the flag.


Flag of Kurdistan

The Flag of Kurdistan has three colours and are placed horizontally. The top colour is red, the middle is white and the bottom is green. In the middle of the white is a sun with 21 rays. The 21 rays represent Navruz.


Leather Pride Flag

The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol used by the leather subculture since the 1990s. It was designed by Tony DeBlase in 1989. The design was presented at the International Mr. Leather event in Chicago, Illinois, on May 28, 1989. Initial reaction to the flag was mixed. According to DeBlases article A Leather Pride Flag, "Some, particularly on the east coast, reacted positively to the concept, but were quite concerned, some even offended, that I had not involved the community in helping to create the design." DeBlase gave this explanation of the design: "The flag is composed of nine horizontal ...


NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO phonetic alphabet is a way of using words to replace letters. The first letter of the word is the letter the word stands for. Although it is called a "phonetic alphabet" it is not really used for phonetics like the International Phonetic Alphabet or other phonetic alphabets. It is used to clearly say letters out loud when they might be hard to hear such as over the phone or when people are talking from different countries, or when it is important to be accurate such as in the military and in air travel. There have been many different phonetic alphabets over time. On board ships, f ...


Naval ensign

A naval ensign is a flag used by warships to show what country they belong to. Sometimes a naval ensign is called a war ensign. A naval ensign is flown on the back of a ship. Some countries use their national flag on warships instead of a naval ensign. The United States is an example of a country that uses their national flag instead of a naval ensign. Some other countries have a special naval ensign different to their national flag. Britain is an example of a country that uses a special naval ensign different to their national flag.


Pan-Arab colors

The Pan-Arab colors are black, white, green, and red. Individually, each of the four Pan-Arab colors were intended to represent a certain Arab dynasty, or era. There are four Pan-Arab colors: white, red, green, and black. Historically, each of the three represents an era or a dynasty in the Arabic world. The representations are as follows: The white color was representative of the Umayyad Caliphate while the Fatimid Caliphate was represented by green. The Rashidun Caliphate, the Abbasid Caliphate, as well as the banner of Muhammad are all represented by the black color. Lastly, the red col ...


Rainbow flag

The rainbow flag is a multi-colored flag consisting of stripes in the colors of the rainbow that is displayed in many cultures around the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness. The German pastor Thomas Muntzer used a rainbow flag as a symbol of solidarity as early as the German Peasants War of the 16th century. It is common as a symbol of the Peace movement, first used this way in a peace march in Italy in 1961.


Rainbow flag (LGBT)

The Rainbow flag has been the symbol of the LGBT community since its creation in 1978. It is also called the Pride Flag. The flag was created by Gilbert Baker of San Francisco, California in 1978.


Royal Standard of Scotland

The Royal Standard of Scotland, also known as the Banner of the King of Scots, or more commonly the Lion Rampant of Scotland, is the Scottish Royal Banner of Arms. Used historically by the King of Scots, the Royal Standard of Scotland differs from Scotlands national flag, the Saltire, in that its correct use is restricted by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland to only a few Great Officers of State who officially represent the Sovereign in Scotland. It is also used in an official capacity at royal residences in Scotland when the Sovereign is not present. The earliest recorded use of the Li ...


Saint Georges Cross

The Saint Georges Cross, also called the Cross of Saint George, is a red cross on a white background. In the middle ages, it became associated with Saint George. It was first used during the crusades. Nowadays, it is famous for being used as the flag of England but has been used in Northern Italy for many centuries and is the symbol of the cities of Bologna, Padua, Reggio Emilia, Mantua, Vercelli, Alessandria and Milan. It is also a symbol of Catalonia, a region of Spain.



A saltire is a diagonal cross used on flags and in heraldry. For example, the flag of Scotland has a white saltire on a blue flag. The Union Jack has two saltires of different colours: a white saltire copied from the flag of Scotland, and a red saltire taken from a flag of Ireland.


Flag semaphore

Flag semaphore is a system of spreading information at a distance by using two flags. Information is told by the positions of the flags. Each set of positions has a meaning.


Flag of South Africa (1928–1994)

The flag of South Africa from 1928 to 1994 was originally used by the Union of South Africa from 1928 to 1961 and the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1994. It was also the flag of South West Africa Namibia from 1928 to 1990. The design features three horizontal bands of orange, white and blue with three small flags the Union Jack to the left, the vertical version of the flag of the Orange Free State in the centre and the flag of the South African Republic to the right centered on the white band. Because of its colours it was known as the Oranje, Blanje, Blou by citizens. Since 1994, ...


Transgender Pride flag

The Transgender Pride flag was made by a woman named Monica Helms, and was first seen at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000. The flag is a symbol of the transgender group and is made up of five stripes that go straight across from left to right. Two light blue stripes, two pink stripes, with a white stripe in the center.



Tricolor or tricolour is, in most cases, a flag or banner that has three colours. Tricolour is a specific type of a flag with three stripes.



A vexilloid has the same functions as a flag but it looks different. Vexilloids are characteristic of traditional societies and ancient empires. A vexilloid consists of a staff held upright with a cloth banner that hangs down vertically on the staff and on top of the staff is an emblem, such as a carved animal.

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