National flags are some of the fundamental uniting factors in most countries. They often symbolize a lot of things about a country, including its heritage, beliefs, people, and environment, among other things. While some flags are quite popular throughout the world, others are less known. The colours, designs, and sizes of flags all vary from one country to the other. How many national flags can you correctly identify? Take this world flag quiz to find out.
Five fascinating national flags
Here are five of the most interesting ensigns you will find in flags of the world quiz questions.
This East African country’s ensign rarely appears on world flags quiz questions. The Somali flag is a five-pointed star on a light blue background. Despite the easily noticeable simplicity, the banner carries significant meaning. The star in the middle of the banner is known as the Star of Unity and represents the five main areas in which Somali residents resided. These include the North-Eastern part of Kenya, Southern Somalia, Djibouti, Somaliland, and the Ogaden region in Ethiopia.
The United Nation’s banner initially inspired the blue background. Later, the meaning of the light blue colour was changed to symbolize the Indian Ocean. The current version of the banner was created during the transitional trusteeship period and was first used in 1954.
The Bhutan flag has been in use since the 19th century. It is one of the most visually-interesting banners in the world. The background has a two-colour orange and saffron tone split halfway in a diagonal line. The main feature of the flag is the right-facing white dragon holding a ball in each of its four limbs. The balls represent the universe.
The saffron colour represents the king’s secular might, while the orange colour symbolizes the spiritual strength of Buddhism. The white dragon’s colour represents honestly and tidiness. The evident Asian influence on the design of the Bhutan banner makes it hard to guess the flag.
Switzerland’s flag is well-known for its square shape, unlike most flags which are created in rectangular shapes. When Switzerland joined the United Nations (UN) in 2002, the country’s flag was an issue since the UN requires that all banners displayed on its plaza be of the same rectangular size. The current Swiss national ensign dates back to 1889 even though the country’s democracy and independence date way back to 1291.
Lebanon has had different ensigns throughout its history, depending on the ruling power. During the French reign, the Lebanese banner was somewhat similar to the current version but with vertical stripes instead of horizontal ones. The colour scheme was also made of blue, white and red as compared to the existing red, green, and white. The French-inspired banner was used in Lebanon until 1943 when the country attained independence from the French.
The current Lebanese flag has three stripes (two red stripes and one white stripe). The red stripes are half as thick as the red stripe. There is a green cedar tree image that touches the upper and lower edges of the white stripe. The tree symbolizes holiness, eternity and peace. The red colour represents the bloodshed by Lebanese citizens as they protected their country from foreign invasion. The white stripe stands for snow, purity, and peace.
The Kyrgyz region attained autonomous reign in 1924, became an independent republic in 1926 and became one of the USSR republics in 1936. In 1953, Kyrgyzstan began using a slightly modified version of the USSR flag. The current national flag of Kyrgyzstan contains a yellow sun on a plain red background. The sun has 40 rays emanating from it to symbolize the tribes united by Manas.
Inside the sun’s image is another picture depicting crossed sets of lines within a ring symbolizing the traditional Kyrgyz home known as the yurt. The country’s banner represents the origin of life, eternity, nobility, solidarity, hearth and home, and the unity of space and time. The Kyrgyzstan flag is undoubtedly one of the hardest ones to identify in a flag test.
The above flag trivia tests your knowledge of some of the world’s most interesting ensigns. Some of these happen to be less-known as compared to popular ones such as those of the USA, Britain, and Canada. How many banners did you identify correctly on the country flag quiz?