10 Times Countries Totally Hit “Ctrl+C – Ctrl+V” When Designing Their National Flag
A country’s national flag symbolizes a great deal – from political leanings to religious philosophy.
But there’s really only so many design choices one can make with a rectangle, which is why multiple nations have similar flags, for related or completely random reasons.
Please Note: Flags are representational and not to scale.
The USA flag’s 50 stars represent the 50 existing states in their Union, while the 13 red and white stripes represent the 13 original colonies that declared independence from the British.
Malaysia’s 14 red and white stripes represent the equal status of its 14 territories and states. The star on the flag has 14 points as well, representing the unity of these territories. The crescent on the flag declares Islam as the country’s official religion.
Nicaragua’s white centre stripe represents the unity and pureness of the nation whereas the two blue stripes stand for the two oceans that border the country. At the flag’s centre is the country’s coat of arms.
Argentina technically has two flags, one with the Sun Of May you see here, and the other called an ornamental flag that doesn’t have the sun at its centre. Honduras’ five central stars represent the 5 Central American colonies united by the nation.
Historically, Qatar’s flag was a plain red as used by the Kharijite Muslims, however, they adopted this flag after declaring independence from the British.
It’s neighbour Bahrain’s flag is very similar except it has 5 white points, representing the 5 tenets of Islam.
The Indian tricolour bares a striking resemblance to that if Niger.
Niger’s flag was adopted when they gaining their Independence from France. The orange is said to represent the Northern regions of the country located in arid deserts. The white represents purity and the green stands for fertility and hope. The orange symbol in the centre is thought to evoke a rising sun.
The Italian flag has multiple interpretations. Some believe the green stands for the plains, the white for the snow-capped Italian Alps and the red representing the war of Unification. However, many associate more religious meanings with the flag, namely the three theological virtues of hope, faith and charity.
Mexico’s flag was adopted after the country was free of the Spanish. The iconic coat of arms represents an old legend where Aztec gods told their people to build a nation where they can spot an eagle on a cactus, eating a serpent.
Ireland’s flag was actually a present from a group of French women. The man who presented it, Thomas Meagher, said: “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between Orange and Green and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.”
The colours chosen by the flag of the Ivory Coast represented their alliance with the country of Niger.
All the five flags utilise the Pan-Arab colours that signify the unity of the Arab nations.
The Eagle of Saladin is used as a symbol in many African nations including Egypt.
The words “Allahu Akbar” inscribed in the centre of the Iraqi flag is a common Islamic phrase known as takbir, which roughly translates into “God is great”. Syria’s flag has undergone multiple changes over the years and even recently because of the ongoing civil war.
As a former British colony, Australia’s flag prominently features the Union Jack and even the large seven-pointed Commonwealth star. New Zealand’s flag bears a similar design. So much so, that there was an actual attempt to have it changed, however, the amendment for the same was voted against.
The Statenvlag or state flag of Netherlands was formally adopted in 1937. Despite Luxembourg’s proximity to the Netherlands, the flag was independently derived and uses a different shade of blue.
The colours Red and White have been the official colours of house Grimaldi, the ruling family in Monaco.
The Indonesian flag known as the Sang Saka Merah Putih uses red to symbolize human blood and the white to represent the spirit.
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