Can You Identify These Flags of the World?

By: Khadija L.
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About This Quiz

There are nearly 200 independent countries in the world, and each of them has a flag. Each flag is designed with a specific meaning which is unique to its associated country. Everything, from the colors and symbols which are used to the quantity and amount of space that they take up, holds significance.

These flags are seen on flagpoles at government buildings, as well as at the homes of the civilians. During their flag and independence day celebrations, people can be seen wearing their flag's colors in order to show their patriotism. 

Some flags may be more recognizable than others, some of which include the United States, Brazil, China, India, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. There are also those which were designed not too long ago because the country recently gained its independence. Some flags also incorporate their former sovereign country's state into their new flag. 

How well do you know the flags of the world? Will the results show that you were paying close attention in geography class, or will this quiz have you scratching your head, wondering if the red, white and blue flag that you see belongs to France, Paraguay, the Netherlands or the Czech Republic? If you would like to find out, then you should take this quiz!

The national flag of the United States of America is made up of 13 equally sized horizontal stripes (representing the 13 British colonies) which alternate from red to white. At the top hoist corner, there is a blue rectangle which bears 50 five-pointed stars which represent the 50 states.

The national flag of Canada, unofficially called the “Maple Leaf,” consists of a red field with a white square in the center in the ratio of 1:2:1. In the middle of the white square, there is a stylized red 11-pointed maple leaf.

The national flag of Germany is a tricolor flag, consisting of three equal horizontal colors of black, red and gold. There is also a variant flag which includes the country’s coat of arms.

The national flag of Botswana consists of a light blue background which is cut horizontally at the center by a thick stripe of black and two thin white stripes which frame it. The light blue represents water, while the white and black symbolizes the harmony between the people of different races.

The national flag of Jamaica consists of a gold saltire which divides the rectangle into four sections - two black at the hoist and fly sides and two green at the top and the bottom. It is one of the few flags which does not have red, white or blue.

The national flag of South Korea is sometimes referred to as “Taegukgi,” which translates to “supreme ultimate flag.” It features a white background with a red and blue Taeguk in the center and four black trigrams surrounding it.

The national flag of Brazil consists of a blue starry disc with the nation's motto “Order and Progress” going horizontally across it, sitting on top of a yellow rhombus which in turn sits on a green background.

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor flag with royal blue and red, with a white lateral triangle on its hoist side. In the center of the triangle is a golden sun with eight rays, representing the eight original provinces in the Philippines.

The national flag of Spain consists of three horizontal stripes of red, yellow and red, with the yellow being twice the width of each red stripe. A coat of arms is in the yellow region. The flag’s origin dates back to the 1785 naval ensign under King Charles III of Spain.

The national flag of France is a tricolor flag which features three vertical bands of blue, white and red. The three colors are often taken to represent the three words in the revolutionary motto: liberté, égalité, fraternité.

The national flag of the United Kingdom, sometimes referred to as Union Jack, is flown in the U.K. and British overseas territories. The flag’s red cross represents Saint George, the patron said of England; the red cross of St. Patrick represents Ireland; and the white saltire of Saint Andrew represents Scotland.

The national flag of Italy is a tricolored flag consisting of three equal vertical stripes of green, white and red, with the green on the hoist side. The green has been said to represent the hills and plains; the red, the blood spilled in war; and the white, the snow-capped Alps.

The national flag of Sweden was adopted in 1906 and is said to have been inspired by the 1442 Swedish coat of arms. It consists of a blue background with a yellow to gold Nordic cross.

The national flag of Finland was adopted in 1918. It features a white rectangular banner on top of which is a blue Nordic cross which is said to represent Nordic unity.

The national flag of Japan, which is officially called the Nisshōki, consists of a white rectangular banner with a crimson-red circle at its center. It is said to be an embodiment of the country’s nickname, “The Land of the Rising Sun.”

The national flag of Turkey is red, with a white star and crescent. The flag was said to be derived from the late Ottoman flag.

The national flag of Australia has a blue base, with the flag of the United Kingdom in the top hoist corner and a large seven-pointed star (known as the Commonwealth Star) below. On the right side is the Southern Cross constellation, made up of five smaller seven-pointed stars.

The national flag of Wales is a bicolored flag of equal white and green horizontal stripes. Centered on top of the two stripes is a red dragon passant, which symbolizes the red dragon Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd.

The national flag of South Africa was adopted in 1994 at the beginning of the country’s general election. The flag consists of horizontal bands of red and blue, on the top and bottom respectively, which are separated by a green, white and yellow horizontal Y-shape. On the hoist end of the Y there is a black triangle.

The national flag of India is a horizontal tricolor which includes India saffron, white and India green, from top to bottom. In the middle of the white strip is a navy blue 24-spoke wheel called the Ashoka Chakra, representing the wheel of law.

The national flag of Mexico is a vertical tricolor, consisting of green, white and red. The country’s coat of arms - an eagle holding a serpent, which sits on top of cactus while eating the snake - is in the middle of the white strip.

The national flag of Syria is a tricolored flag which consists of red, white and black from top to bottom. In the center white stripe are two green five-pointed stars, which are said to represent either Syria and Egypt or Syria and Iraq.

The national flag of Argentina is a tricolored flag which consists of three equally wide bands of baby blue, white and baby blue. In 1818, a yellow Sun of May was added to the center.

The national flag of Egypt consists of three equal horizontal stripes of red, white and black from top to bottom. In the middle of the white stripe is the Egyptian eagle of Saladin.

The national flag of China, sometimes called the five-star red flag, consists of a red base, on top of which five golden stars (one large and four smaller ones in a semi-circle) can be found. The red represents the communist revolution, while the stars represent communism and the unity of the Chinese people.

The national flag of Greece consists of nine equal horizontal stripes in alternating colors of white and blue. Near the upper hoist-side is a blue canton with a white cross, which symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

The national flag of Iran is a tricolor, comprised of equal horizontal bands of green, white and red from top to bottom, with the emblem of Iran in the center. The flag was adopted in 1980 as a reflection of the changes which came with the Iranian Revolution just a year before.

The national flag of Ireland, sometimes referred to as the Irish tricolor, is a vertical tricolor of green, white and orange from the hoist side. The green is said to represent the Roman Catholics, while the orange represents the Protestants. The white in the center represents the peace between the two groups.

The national flag of Russia is a tricolor flag, consisting of three horizontal stripes of white, blue and red from top to bottom. The flag was first used by Russian merchant ships as their ensign, but in 1696 it became the official flag of the country.

The national flag of Switzerland features a red background with a white cross in the center of the flag. It is one of the few square national flags.

The national flag of Pakistan, which was adopted in 1947, consists of a dark green background with a small stripe of white on the hoist side. In the green field, there is a white crescent moon and a five-pointed star, said to represent the progress and light of the country.

The national flag of Cambodia consists of a red base with a blue border at the top and bottom. In the center of the red strip is the Angkor Wat in white. The red symbolizes bravery, while the blue represents liberty, cooperation, and brotherhood. The Angkor Wat represents the integrity, justice, and heritage of the people.

The national flag of Trinidad and Tobago was adopted in 1962 after its independence from the United Kingdom. The red, black and white colors are said to represent fire in the form of courage, earth in the form of dedication, and water in the form of purity, respectively.

The national flag of Iraq is an equal tricolor flag consisting of horizontal stripes of red, white and black from top to bottom. The most recent version of the flag, which was adopted in 2008, features the Takbir, which translates to “God is the greatest,” written in dark green.

The national flag of Cuba consists of five alternating stripes of blue and white with a red equilateral triangle at the hoist side. In the center of the red triangle is a white five-pointed star, which represents independence.

The national flag of Venezuela is a tricolor flag which consists of three horizontal stripes of yellow, blue and red. In the center stripe, there are eight white five-pointed stars in the shape of an arch, the last of which was added in 2006. A coat of arms is sometimes displayed in the upper left.

The national flag of Antigua and Barbuda was adopted in 1967 after a design competition was held. Each of the flag’s colors holds significant meaning, some of which includes black for the African ancestry, red for the blood of slaves and for energy. The yellow, blue and white are the sun, sea and sand.

The national flag of Uruguay is one of three flags used by the country. It consists of nine equal horizontal stripes, alternating white and blue. In the top hoist corner, the national emblem of Uruguay, the Sun of May, can be found.

The national flag of Senegal is a tricolor which consists of three equal vertical stripes of green, yellow and red, from the hoist side. In the yellow stripe is a green five-pointed star, which is said to represent the color of hope and religion.

The national flag of Yemen is a tricolor of red, white and black from top to bottom. The red is said to represent the unity and bloodshed of martyrs; the white represents a bright future; and the black, the darkness of the past.

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