About Alex Crouch

Alex was born on 29th September 1992 in Chatham, Kent. His alma mater is Southampton Solent University which he attended from 2011-14, obtaining an Upper 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in journalism. He was a London 2012 Paralympic Games Maker as part of the team that monitored the ring road around the Olympic Park. A keen sports fan, Alex has followed Formula One since he was 3.5 years old. His favourite driver is the late great Ayrton Senna. Alex joined the Flag Institute team in January 2015.

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Flag of South Sudan

BY ALEX CROUCH South Sudan, the 193rd and most recent edition to the United Nations, adopted its flag 10 years ago today (9th July). Today also marks the fourth anniversary of their independence from the Republic of Sudan. The flag itself is the same one used by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and similar to […]

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Korean Unification Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH The Korean peninsula hasn’t had a unified native government since 1910 when Japan annexed Korea. After Japan’s defeat in 1945 the peninsula was divided along the 38th Parallel (North), the Soviets controlling the North, the United States the South. We’re all aware of how vastly different North and South Korea are, but […]

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Flag of Belarus

BY ALEX CROUCH This Sunday (7th June) sees the Belarus’ current flag celebrate its 20th anniversary. Belarus’ 1995 referendum on state symbols saw a 3:1 majority of those who voted in a 64.7 per-cent turnout, vote in favour of the design that bears a striking resemblance to the flag used by the Byelorussian S.S.R. The […]

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Flag of Sápmi

BY ALEX CROUCH Sápmi (commonly known as Lapland) is mostly located within the Arctic Circle, stretching through the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula. The Sami people (or Lapps) adopted their current flag on 15th August 1986 at the 13th Nordic Sami Conference in Åre, Sweden. Designed by Astrid Båhl, it saw […]

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Flag of Yemen

BY ALEX CROUCH This Friday (22nd May) a unified Yemen – and its flag – will celebrate their silver jubilee. Twenty-five years ago the new country needed a flag, and like many of Yemen’s Arab neighbours, the nation took lots of inspiration from the Arab Liberation Flag. First used in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, […]

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Flag of Norway: The mother of all flags

BY ALEX CROUCH Norway’s flag is by no means the oldest in the world, though having been designed in 1821 by MP Fredrik Meltzer (1779-1855), it is older than most. With proportions of 8:11 it certainly isn’t the largest. It isn’t unique in design either since all of Scandinavia (except Greenland) uses the iconic Nordic […]

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Flag of Berlin

BY ALEX CROUCH The flag of Germany’s capital city was officially adopted in May 1954 as the flag of the free city of West Berlin. Since the unification of Germany in 1990 the Landesflagge (state flag) has become the flag of the whole city. Designed by vexillologist Ottfried Neubecker, the 3:5-proportioned red-white-red horizontal tricolour with […]

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Flag of Moldova: 25 today

BY ALEX CROUCH Today (27th April) marks the silver jubilee of Moldova’s flag. The flag itself, a blue, yellow and red tricolour, is almost identical to neighbouring Romania’s, reflecting their cultural and national affinity. What distinguishes the two is Moldova’s coat of arms (a dark golden eagle with an Orthodox Christian cross in its beak […]

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The many Crosses of St. George

BY ALEX CROUCH St. George’s Cross, a red cross on a white background, is recognised around the globe as the flag of England. King Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart) is believed to have adopted St. George’s Cross as his flag during his crusades. Red crosses were also used by English soldiers throughout the […]

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The West Indies Federation Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH The West Indies Federation existed from 3rd January 1958 – 31st May 1962. Its flag was designed by Edna Manley (1900-1987) who is considered to be the ‘mother of Jamaican art’. Her design was a blue background with four undulating horizontal white stripes to represent the Caribbean Sea, the upper two stripes […]

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