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Flag of Honduras

BY ALEX CROUCH This year marks the 150th anniversary of the national flag of Honduras. Adopted in 1866 and inspired by the flag of the short-lived Federal Republic of Central America (F.R.C.A.) (1823-1839), the 1:2 proportioned flag consists of an upper and lower blue horizontal band sandwiching a white band containing five blue stars. The […]

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[Merry] Christmas Island Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH Christmas Island was discovered on Christmas Day 1643 by Captain William Mynors. Today it makes up part of Australia’s External Territories. Given its Australian connection, the island’s flag was officially adopted on Australia Day (26th January) 2002, though the same design had been used unofficially since 14th April 1986. This was the […]

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Flag of Liechtenstein

BY ALEX CROUCH The Principality of Liechtenstein, the microstate between Switzerland and Austria, was formed within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 and gained its independence from the German Confederation in 1866, having been a member since 1815. The banner of the Princely House, a 3:5 proportioned flag with two horizontal bands (gold above red) […]

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Flag of Sealand

BY ALEX CROUCH The Principality of Sealand is perhaps the world’s most famous micronation. It was founded by the late Prince Paddy Roy Bates on 2nd September 1967. Located approximately 7.5 miles (12Km) off the Suffolk coast, the former HM Fort Roughs has been the subject of an invasion, a song, a music video and […]

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Olympic Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH It’s just one year until the start of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, so, I decided we should take a look at the Olympic Flag, one of the most recognisable symbols in the world. The flag’s ring design was created by the founder of the modern Olympics […]

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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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