The Greek flag features nine horizontal stripes of alternating colors. These stripes are said to symbolize the nine syllables in the Greek phrase that translates to mean “Freedom or Death.” These stripes are also believed to symbolize each letter in the Greek word for “freedom.”
One of the few African flags that utilizes neither the Pan-African colors nor those of a political party, the Botswana flag colors are the same as those on the country's coat of arms. The blue represents water and the black and white symbolize racial harmony, and are also influenced by the country's national animal, the zebra.
The current flag of Brazil was officially adopted on November 15, 1889. 🇧🇷 The flag is green, symbolic of Brazil's lush fields and forests. Its primary feature is a large yellow diamond, symbolic of Brazil's wealth in gold, and in its center floats a blue celestial globe. 🇧🇷 It includes 27 white five-pointed stars (one for each state and the Federal District) arranged in the same pattern as the night sky over Brazil. The globe displays a white equatorial band with the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO translation = (Order and Progress.)
As one of the more unique country flags, the Antigua and Barbuda flag was designed by a high school art teacher. The sun signifies the dawning of a new era after gaining its independence, the red represents the energy of the people, and the blue signifies hope.
The current flag of Myanmar has been adopted along with a new constitution in 2010 and it is composed of three horizontal stripes in red, green and yellow colors. In the middle of the flag, a large white five-pointed star is placed. The flag has been inspired by the flag of Burma from the period around the World War II. The yellow stripe refers to solidarity between people, green stands for natural wealth of the country, and the red stripe reminds courage of the local population during numerous fights. The white star symbolizes hope in the unity of all people living in the country.
The Nigerian flag comprises three equal-sized vertical stripes. While the green color represents the nation's lush vegetation and its agricultural industry, the white signifies the country’s desire for peace and unity. The flag was adopted on Oct. 1, 1960
It’s not hard to see that Malaysia has a history with England. The blue square in the upper left originally signified that connection. The 14 stripes represent the 13 member states and the federal district of Kuala Lumpur.
Believed to be the oldest continuously used national flag in the world, the Danish flag features an uneven white cross on a red background. The cross represents Christianity. According to legend, the flag fell from the skies on June 15, 1219, when King Waldemar II defeated the Estonians. However, according to historians, the flag's design was derived from old crusader banners.
The Bangladeshi flag comprises a red circle on a green background. The red color denotes the rising sun and the sacrifices made by the nation’s people for their independence. The green, on the other hand, signifies the country’s greenery and vitality. Interestingly, the red circle is placed slightly toward the left so that it appears to be at the center when the flag is flying on a mast.
In 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Until this time, Australia used Britain's flag, the Union Jack. A competition was held to find the design for Australia's own flag. Five designers shared the prize because they came up with similar ideas for the Australian flag.
In the top left hand corner is the Union Jack. This shows that Australia is part of the British Commonwealth. Beneath the Union Jack is a large white star with seven points. The points represent the six states and the territories. Originally this star had six points. The seventh point, for the territories was added in 1908.
On the right hand side are the stars of the Southern Cross. The southern Cross was chosen because it can always be seen in the Australian sky at night.