29 different countries with red, white and blue flags
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The national flag is a symbol of a country. No two countries have the same flag. However, many countries have similar flags.
The colors on the flag usually represent a monument in the country's history, or values closest to their hearts.
These 29 countries have red, white and blue flags on their flags.
The American flag has seven red vertical stripes and six white stripes, making this flag the red-white-blue flag. Red represents the fortitude that has brought Americans to where they are today, while white represents the purity and innocence of its people. In the upper left corner is a blue field embedded with 50 stars, representing each state in the country.
The Icelandic flag is a visual representation of the country's unusual landscape. On Iceland's flag, red depicts volcanic fires, blue depicts the mountains where these eruptions take place, and white represents the snow and ice that covers it all.
New Zealand's flag is derived from its ancestry and its location relative to the South Pacific. The country was once under British rule. They commemorate this association by placing the Union Jack in the corner of the national flag.
Beginning in 1848, Croatia sought to free itself from Hungarian rule three times. Although unsuccessful, it was the first time the movement had raised its flag. It's a red, white and blue flag symbolizing their potential alliance with Russia.
In 1941, they again fought for independence, this time adding a red and white checkered shield to the flag. Finally, in 1990, Croatia gained independence. The flag will forever commemorate this historic victory with a yellow-edged red star.
This flag has a dramatic interpretation. A blue stripe is sandwiched between two red stripes, symbolizing the blood shed by the Laotian people fighting for freedom and liberation. The blue stripe represents the Mekong, a river of economic and historical importance. Finally, the white circle represents the full moon, symbolizing fullness.
We can infer from this flag that the Lao people have and will continue to overcome great challenges and stand united.
The flag of Nepal is very eye-catching. Its jagged edges symbolize the Himalayas, as well as the country's two most famous religions: Hinduism and Buddhism.
Within those triangles are the Sun and Moon, pointing to their desire to live forever, and their strong will to live.
The outline of the flag is blue, representing purity. The background color of the flag is dark red, which symbolizes vitality and bravery.
The Czech Republic, which broke off from Austria-Hungary after World War I, has changed its flag several times since 1918.
Its first flag was identical to the Polish flag; a piece of white overlaid with a piece of red. Two years later, a Slovak blue isosceles triangle was added to denote the unification of Bohemia and Slovakia.
The red, white and blue colors of the French flag represent democracy, monarchy, religion and nobility. After the French Revolution in 1794, the flag became a symbol of modernity, liberty and brotherhood.
Red and blue represent the city of Paris, while white represents the king and his monarchy.
The flag of Costa Rica has two blue stripes at the top and bottom. They symbolize the openness and acceptance of the sky and its people. This vibrant blue signifies that Costa Rica is a land of opportunity and creativity.
The white stripe represents wisdom and purity, while the red in the middle represents the blood of patriots. Despite the hardships and wars the country has endured, its flag represents the warmth and hospitality of the Costa Rican people.
Like other Slavic countries, Slovakia's flag has horizontal red, white and blue stripes. Russia, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia share a common ancestry.
The Slovakian flag has the coat of arms in the center. The base of the coat of arms has three protrusions, symbolizing three important mountains; Matra, Tatra and Fatra. Interestingly, Matera is a mountain found in Hungary, not Slovakia. Nevertheless, the people of Slovakia have a strong connection to these historical landscapes.
At the top of these three protrusions is a double cross, symbolizing Christianity, the region's most popular religion.
The Norwegian flag originated from the official flag of another country, Denmark. When it was designed, Norway and Denmark were already in a strong alliance. The colors chosen for the flag also portray the country's Scandinavian roots.
The Norwegian flag was designed by Fredrick Meltzer in 1821. It stands for freedom and Christianity. Red and blue were chosen to hint at the country's attachment to Denmark and Sweden, respectively.
First hoisted in 1842, the Paraguayan flag was inspired by the flag of France. Red, blue and white represent freedom and independence.
The red band comes first; it represents patriotism, equality, bravery and justice. The white band sits in the middle, symbolizing unity, peace and firmness. The last band represents sharpness, reality and freedom. In the center of the flag is the national emblem of palm leaves and olive branches, which symbolizes peace and dignity.
In the center of the tricolor Cambodian flag is an image of the country's ancient Buddhist temple, Angkor Wat. The colors of the Cambodian flag represent bravery and liberation, cooperation and brotherhood. The flag as a whole ties together three elements: the king, the people and their religion.
Before the country split into northern and southern regions, the North Korean flag shared some resemblance to that of South Korea. The North Korean flag has white, which is the official color of South Korea. The bright red color on this flag symbolizes determination, revolution and socialism. Blue stripes symbolize peace and friendship.
The North Korean flag has an off-center symbol with a star representing the country's commitment to communism.
The Union Jack is the official flag of the United Kingdom and represents the union of the four territories: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Flags are composed of components from each region.
The red cross of St. George's in England, the white cross of St. Patrick's in Ireland, and the saltire (cross) of St. Andrew's in Scotland. Wales was not part of the Union at the time of its design.
The Union Jack or Union Jack was first unveiled in 1802. Blue spheres signify vigilance, loyalty, justice and perseverance. White lines represent peace and honesty. Finally, the red stripe is a reminder of British military prowess and valor.
Other countries with red, blue and white flags:
- Dominican Republic
Red is the most common flag color, and not just because of its vibrancy. Many countries use red to indicate a period of struggle. Red works well with white as the latter symbolizes peace and unity. Blue often represents liberation, patriotism, and freedom. In addition to the strong symbolism of these colors, the way they visually complement and contrast each other makes these three colors the perfect combination for many flags.
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Which country's flag is red, blue and white with a star on it?
The flags of Chile and Cuba feature a star in their respective states. The Cuban flag has blue and white stripes and a star on the red flag. The flag of Chile is white on a red background with a blue square with a star in its state.
Which country's flag has only one color?
Libya is the only country with a monochromatic flag. Libya's flag is solid green, indicating Gaddafi's political views. However, the plain green flag is no longer used. In 2011, Libya adopted a red, black and green tricolor flag with a white crescent and star in the centre.
Which countries have white and blue flags?
Some famous countries with blue and white flags include Argentina, El Salvador, Finland and Greece.
Which countries have red and white flags?
Countries with red and white flags include Japan, Canada, Qatar and Lebanon.
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