Fun Facts about National Flags of the World

Out of school and need to bulk up on some more knowledge. Review some fun flag trivia!

There are 195 countries in the world, and of course there are 195 different national flags around the world. National flags are not just a simple piece of fabric painted in different colors – each shape and color has its special meaning for the country and culture it represents. These are some fun facts about flags, the meanings of the shapes and colors, and what they stand for:  

1. Flags of Monaco/Indonesia

Monaco and Indonesia have identical flags in terms of colors and design. The only difference between the two flags is size. The flag of Monaco is little narrower compared to flag of Indonesia.

2. Only non-quadrilateral flag in the world

Nepal does not have a standard rectangular flag, and at the same time it is the oldest official flag in the world. The blue frame stands for harmony and peace, reminiscent of Buddha, who was born here. 

3. National flag with only one color

Libya’s solid green flag (in use from 1977 to 2011) was the only plain, solid color flag with no design or insignia to ever exist for a national flag. While an earlier, insignia-bearing version of Libya’s flag was reinstated in 2011, green is still Libya’s national color.

4. National flag with an AK-47

Mozambique’s flag features an AK-47. This is meant to symbolize defense and vigilance.  It becomes the only national flag in the world with a modern rifle on it.

5. History of the Union Jack

The Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom. The present design of the Union Jack dates from a Royal proclamation following the union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The flag combines aspects of three older national flags: the red cross of St. George for the Kingdom of England, the white saltire of St. Andrew for Scotland, and the red saltire of St. Patrick to represent Ireland.


We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about national flags! Let us know your flag facts in the comment section.

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Brandon Lu History Teaching Assistant | History Department Media Team Co-Coordinator | Center for International Students

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