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Flags of World ‒ Knowledge and Facts about National Flags

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What are National Flags ‒ Significance of a Flag

A flag holds great significance in any country. It represents an idea or an ideal. Never confuse it with a mere piece of decoration or an object to be used for honour to ourselves. Rather, it ought to be honoured for what it represents.


The significance of flags in a country pertains to that they are held in high esteem for a history of the sacrifices made by the people, for the qualities for which the country and people stand.


There are around 193 national flags in the World that you can learn in alphabetical order. Also, there are flags that are ranked from the best to the worst. There are other flags that are notable in terms of their appearance. We’ll study all about these in this article. 


Importance of a Flag

Below underlies the importance of a flag.

  • The origins of flags lie in ancient history. Originally, they were simply decorative streamers, or perhaps ceremonial images. They were superior to several other emblems: cheap and straightforward to make, easy to hold and display, and attracting attention with their lifelike movement in the air.

  • Flags came to symbolise various leaders, communities, gods, merchant and craft guilds, ships, and towns. A flag often gained equivalent respect as was accorded to the person or thing which is represented. In battle, the loss of a flag was an extreme blow. The capture of the opponent's flag could be the turning point during a battle. Flags often bore religious symbols and were utilised on religious and state occasions.

  • The modern ensign arose within the seventeenth century, with the creation of the primary modern states. Before that, the majority of countries had only the flag of the rulers. Some modern national flags are even now used only by the government and military, with a special flag (a civil flag) employed by the people.

  • A flag represents a thought or a perfect. it's neither a mere piece of decoration nor an object to be honoured for itself. It's an honour of every nation. Many flags are held in high esteem for a history of people who sacrificed their lives in protecting the nation from evils.

  • Such respect doesn't depend upon the aesthetic appeal of the planning, or thereon attempting to represent visually the people or politics of a rustic. If it represents anything tangible, a national flag generally symbolises the unaltering features of a nation. These can include the geographical location, or perhaps a particular physical feature, historical foundation, or (to a lesser degree) the constitutional structure. In democracies, they generally represent political affiliations.

  • Respect for the flag is a manifestation of patriotism. Public dishonouring of the flag is considered an extreme sort of dissent in most countries and punished accordingly. Some countries, notably the USA, make the general public affirmation of loyalty to the flag and therefore the country a civic responsibility. New Zealanders haven't regularly honoured the flag in public ceremonies since the 1950s.

  • To fly the ensign may be a sign of pride and patriotism. It is a positive affirmation of loyalty and commitment. It marks out a rustic that has confidence in itself and is comfortable with its place within the world, its history, and its future.


Now, let us go through various categories of national flags, starting with the flags of the world to the most popular ones and in terms of rank as well.


Different National Flags

1. Flags in the World


Flags Countries in the world

Flags Countries in the World


2. Most Popular Flags in the World


Most Popular Flags in the World

Most Popular Flags in the World


3. State flags of the United States of America


State Flags of the United States of America

State Flags of the United States of America


4. 48 National Flags of Europe


Flags of Europe

Flags of Europe


Olympic Flags List (Top 12) – Ranked from the Best to the Worst

Rank

Country

Flag

1

Mexico


Mexico


2

Japan


Japan


3

Albania


Albania


4

United States


United States


5

Belize


Belize


6

Vietnam


Vietnam


7

Dominican Republic


Dominican Republic


8

Somalia


Somalia


9

Angola 


Angola


14

Barbados


Barbados


19

Jamaica


Jamaica


121

Guatemala


Guatemala



So, this was all about the categorisation of flags in terms of the most popular ones, individual flags of a particular country, ranking in sports, etc. For your understanding, images have been added to remember which country or state has which kind of flag. Going through this article will enhance your general knowledge of Flags of different Countries.

FAQs on Flags of World ‒ Knowledge and Facts about National Flags

1. Describe the Indian Flag.

 Below are the salient features of an Indian flag:

  • The Indian flag is a horizontal flag also known as Tiranga in Hindi. The word “Tiranga” means three colours that are saffron, white, and India green, with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre.

  • The flag has a proportion of 2:3. 

  • It was adopted on July 22, 1947.

2. How many flags are there in the world in 2021?

As per 2021 data, there are 254 different flags in the world, covering all countries and dependent territories including the United Kingdom and Kosovo.