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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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Easter Island’s Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH The flag of Easter Island, a special territory of Chile, was first flown in public alongside its parent nation’s flag on 9th May 2006. Adorning its white background is a red Reimiro, an ornament worn around the chest. The Indiana University Art Museum says: “The Reimiro was worn by both men and […]

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The Silver Fern – New Zealand’s new flag?

BY ALEX CROUCH In the near future we will be hearing about the two flag referendums taking place in New Zealand. In March 2014 New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, said the country would hold a referendum on whether or not to change the national flag should he be re-elected. He was, and said referendum […]

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Flag of the Vatican City

BY ALEX CROUCH As I’m sure we’re all aware, the Vatican City is the world’s smallest country in both size and population. Perhaps this is why its flag is one of the most instantly recognisable in the world. Despite the papacy dating back to 33AD, it was not until the signing of the 1929 Lateran […]

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Flag of Namibia

BY ALEX CROUCH Twenty-five years ago this coming Saturday (21st March) Namibia gained independence from South Africa and officially adopted their national flag. It was the flags of the South West Africa People’s Organization (S.W.A.P.O.) and the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (D.T.A.) that provided the basis for the flag we know today, which was chosen from […]

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Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations

BY ALEX CROUCH Today (9th March) is Commonwealth Day. The current flag for the Commonwealth of Nations was introduced just 16 months ago (November 2013) and contained a number of small but significant changes made to the original flag – first adopted on 26th March 1976. Three year earlier at the Commonwealth Heads of Government […]

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