6 countries with blue and yellow flags, all listed
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A country's flag is one of its most important status symbols. Flags come in many colors and symbolize different things about a country's history, values, culture and even geographic location. Blue and yellow (or golden yellow) are two colors that are very common on flags. However, only a few flags have only these two colors. This article lists countries with blue and yellow flags and what the colors mean.
This is not a flag per se. Instead, it is the flag commonly used by the European Commission or the European Union. The flag consists of twelve gold-yellow stars on a blue background. The flag was officially designed and adopted by the European Commission in 1955. The European flag is the official symbol of the 46 countries that are part of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg. Twelve yellow stars in a circle or union symbolize the peoples of Europe. Gold depicts the sun, a symbol of enlightenment and glory.
Besides the European Union, many cities and places in continental Europe also use blue and yellow flags. Examples include the Polish city of Opole, which uses yellow and blue horizontal stripes (similar to Ukraine). Austrian cities in Spain also have a yellow Cruz de la Victoria (Victory Cross) on a blue background. Other flags of similar color in Europe include those of the Greek counties of Durham, Cheshire, East Lothian and Central Macedonia. Some US states, such as Alaska, Kansas and Indiana, also have blue and yellow flags.
The Ukrainian flag is one of the most recognizable national flags in the world, with the colors blue and yellow. The flag consists of two strips of equal size, with the blue strip at the top and the yellow strip at the bottom. The simple two-tone design has been in use since 1848. However, in the country's history, it was replaced by another flag as a national symbol, for example when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. After the country became independent in 1991, the blue-yellow flag was restored to the salute flag, and became the official national flag in 1992.
The Swedish flag consists of a yellow or gold Nordic cross on a light blue background. A horizontal yellow cross runs from one edge of the flag to the other. The crossbar is closer to the flag's lift than its center. The Nordic cross is a traditional symbol of Christianity and its use on flags is a religious reference. The current flag design is thought to have been inspired by the country's coat of arms in the same colours. The Swedish flag may also have been modeled after the Danish flag. Not sure when the flag was first adopted. However, the oldest documented photograph of the blue cloth with the yellow cross used as the national flag in Sweden dates back to the 16th century.
The flag of Barbados is a three-banded flag, with the outermost stripe being blue (ultramarine) and the middle stripe being yellow (or gold). The flag was adopted in 1966 following an open national competition to select the country's new official emblem. Grantley W. Prescod was selected from more than a thousand entries.
The outermost blue bands represent the sky and sea. The yellow band in the middle represents sand. In the center of the banner is the severed head of Poseidon's trident. This trident also appears on the country's coat of arms. It is a symbol of the severed ties between the island nation and Britain, which colonized it for many years.
Palau is a group of islands located in the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. More than 500 islands in the archipelago form what is known as the Republic of Palau. The national flag of the country is a globe with a light blue background. As with many island nations, the blue background represents the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The yellow globe in the center depicts the moon. The globe, slightly to the side of the lift, is considered an important symbol in islander life. The Republic of Palau officially adopted the emblem in 1981, when the island nation separated from the United Nations Trust Territory.
The flag of Kazakhstan consists of a golden eagle and a golden sun on a sky blue background. The sun with 32 rays is located above the golden eagle in the center of the banner. The flag also has intricate gold ornamentation on the lift side. This ethnic decorative pattern is called "Koshkar-muiz", which means ram's horn.
Kazakhs are believed to be descended from the Blue-Horde Turkic-Mongols, a Mongolian tribe that lived in Central Asia many centuries ago. The ancient tribe flew the "blue flag," and the country's current flag is a reference to that ancient flag. Blue represents the great sky. It is sometimes interpreted as a symbol of peace, happiness and tranquility. The light blue flag was officially adopted in 1992. The golden sun and the golden steppe eagle are symbols of the lofty ideals and freedom of the Kazakh people.
It's important to note that blue and yellow flags are not exclusive to countries. Flags in these colors are used by many cities, regions and even organizations. For example, in motorsports, yellow flags are often used to warn drivers that another car is about to overtake them. Additionally, the famous Gasdsen flag, also known as the "Don't Tread on Me" flag, is gold.
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