The national flag is a powerful symbol that unites people and brings about pride in the country. There are many ways to judge what makes a good flag design: simplicity, symbolism, history and recognizability to name but a few. Below we’ve made a list of what we think are the most beautiful flags in the world. We’ll start with number 11…
Number 11: Viet Nam
The National Flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (also known as “Red Flag with Yellow Star” or “Fatherland Flag”), originally the national flag of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was born and first appeared in in 1940, then officially became the national flag in September 1945. The design of the flag is rectangular, ⅔ of the length, red background, in the middle is a large five-pointed yellow star. the flag with a red background represents the color of the revolution, the blood of the heroes, the yellow star represents the national soul and the five-pointed star represents the five classes participating in the revolution, soldiers, peasants, and workers. wounded soldiers and soldiers united in the resistance war.
Number 10 : Denmark
Denmark’s flag was originally only used by the navy until 1219 when it was hoisted on official buildings for the first time. It remained such until 1630 when Christian V decided it should become the official flag. The current design dates from 1844 and since then has remained unchanged except during WWII when Nazi Germany forced authorities to add a swastika.
Number 9 : Canada
Canada’s flag is a Maple Leaf with red bars on the top and bottom with white stripes in-between. It was originally devised by George Stanley as a gift for his mother, having been inspired by both the Royal Military Colleges of Canada flag as well as the Flag of Scotland. In 1964, Canada changed its red and white national colours to more distinctive red and white maple leafs.
Number 8 : Chile
Chile’ flag consists of two equal horizontal bands (red on the top and bottom) separated by a blue rectangle which also gives the impression of a sideways letter V (for victory). The country’s independence hero, Bernardo O’Higgins envisioned such design after witnessing how a straight line helped ships avoid crashing into each other. He then designed the current flag by placing a blue rectangle to balance out the sky thus avoiding any accidents at sea.
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Number 7 : Slovenia
Slovenia’s flag is simple, beautiful and very recognizable. The country’s main colours are red, white and blue, which have been used to represent Slovenia since its days as part of the now defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire. Red stood for courage while white stood for loyalty. Blue was meant to stand for hope but there are also theories that all three colours stem from ancient times when people could only see the sky in blue during the day time (which resulted in hope) or black at night (resulting in despair). This way, it has become associated with the Slovenian people’s character.
Number 6 : Vatican City
Vatican City is a country within Rome, Italy that has its own flag. It was not created until 1929 when Benito Mussolini and Pope Pius XI signed the Lateran Treaty which gave independence to Vatican City as a sovereign state. In this flag, yellow symbolizes strength, while white stands for faith and red represents charity. The two keys on either side of the Papal Tiara represent the keys to heaven which Saint Peter is said to hold (hence why he is often depicted with them in paintings).
Number 5 : South Korea
The South Korean flag consists of a circle representing a full moon on top of three horizontal bars representing the ideals of peace, democracy and purity. Outside the circle is a white background with four black trigrams (or broken bars) in each corner. Each of these trigrams also represents one of Korea’s elements which are water, fire, earth and air.
Number 4 : Saudi Arabia
The flag of Saudi Arabia was adopted back in 1973 when the country became an absolute monarchy. Its colours of green, black and white represent different aspects of the nation including fertility for green; strength for black; and peace for white. The sword stands for defence while its gold inscription reads “There is no God but Allah” (the Muslim holy text).
Number 3 : USA
One may be inclined to believe that the USA Flag was designed by Betsy Ross (who actually made flags for the American colonies at that time). However, it is not true. The Grand Union flag (which was used in 1775) is what inspired Francis Hopkinson to create the so-famous Stars and Stripes which many still use today.
Number 2 : France
France’s current national flag bears three vertical bands of blue, white and red with the blue band being twice as wide as each of the other two colours. It was first introduced back in 1794 during the French Revolution to symbolize those who fought for freedom, peace and brotherhood. The blue stands for Saint Martin’s sky; the white stands for Saint Martin’s coat; while red represents St. Denis’ blood because he was decapitated on Montmartre hill where Paris is currently located.
Number 1 : Japan
The Japanese flag is a simple yet elegant one that can be easily remembered by anyone who knows a little about Japanese history even without knowing the significance of each colour. This is because it has been used in various formats with slight design changes since 1870 when it was adopted as national flag during the Meiji period. There are three main theories about its colours: blue symbolizes freedom and benevolence; red represents hardiness, bravery and valour; while white stands for purity and virtue. Furthermore, according to creator of this flag, Prince Mutsuhito—later known as Emperor Meiji—called upon the virtues of past leaders to inspire his people into an era that will change Japan forever, just as those virtues had done.