At last count, there are 197 independent countries currently recognized by the United Nations, and each has its own respective flag. How many flags do you know? And what do you know about what all those flags mean? Just as a person’s individual style says a lot about them, each of these flags says a lot about its respective country and the national values represented. You probably know that most flags are rectangular, but there are a few exceptions to note. And what about all those colors and symbols?
Here are some fun facts featured in our infographic, Know The Meaning of Flag Colors and Symbols:
NEPAL: The only nation with a non-quadrilateral flag. The flag features two triangles which symbolize the two peaks of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
VATICAN CITY: The world’s smallest nation (population: around 840) has a square-shaped flag that bears symbols of the Roman Catholic Church.
SWITZERLAND: Another square flag! And if you’ve ever seen a Swiss Army Knife, you already know what Switzerland’s flag looks like – it contains a white cross in the center of a red square field.
DOMINICA: The modern world’s only flag featuring the color purple. If you want to know WHY there’s purple on this flag, take a look at our infographic!
JAMAICA: Every flag in the world contains some amount of the colors red, white, or blue, except for one – Jamaica! Try stumping your coworkers at the water cooler with that fun fact!
DENMARK, SWEDEN, NORWAY, & FINLAND: The Nordic countries all have flags with similar horizontal cross designs, and they also tend to get easily confused. Check out our infographic to learn how to tell these flags apart and to see what their respective colors represent.
JAPAN: What’s up with that big red dot? Let’s just say this – they don’t call it the Land of the Rising Sun for nothing!