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Flags are just one of the several things we take for granted about our country. Sure, we are aware of the rules and protocols of our respective countries but apart from them, we don’t take time to know the history behind the things that actually make up the glory of our nations, the flag for example.

We’ve listed down 25 interesting facts about flags from countries all over the world, which we’re pretty sure you don’t know:

25. Texas

25. Texas

Source: Aringo

It is the only US State where the people pledge allegiance to both the state and national flags

24. US

24. US

Source: Noel Stull

The US flag cannot be used for advertising in any kind of way.

23. Nepal

23. Nepal

It is the only country that has a quadrilateral flag.

22. Switzerland and The Vatican

22. Switzerland and The Vatican

Source: Txaro Franco

These two nations are the only ones that have square flags.

20. Romania and Chad

20. Romania and Chad

Both countries are identical except for the dimensions of the Monaco flag which is narrower.

20. Romania and Chad

20. Romania and Chad

The flags of these two nations are similar except for the shade of blue they use.

19. Libya

19. Libya

Source: Shutterstock

From the years of 1977 to 2011, Libya was the only country who had a plain green flag.

18. France

18. France

18. France

Source: wikipedia

In the meantime, France had a plain white flag from 1815 to 1830.

17. Liechtenstein and Haiti

17. Liechtenstein and Haiti

During the 193 Olympics, it was noticed that the two countries had the exact same flag so the former added a crown to its flag.

16. China

16. China

Did you know that the big star represents the Communist Party while the four small ones represent the different economic classes?

15. Mars

15. Mars

Source: wikipedia

Okay, so Mars isn’t exactly a country. But did you know that NASA came up with a flag for the Red Planet? The red color represents the planet itself, while the blue and green represent the possibility of it becoming habitable.

14. Paraguay

14. Paraguay

It is the only flag that has different emblems on both sides.

13. Olympics

13. Olympics

Source: Scazon

The first Olympic flag in the 1920s went missing for 77 years. It was later on revealed that an Olympian apparently had it in his suitcase the whole time.

12. North and South Korea

12. North and South Korea

At peace talks, both countries would bring progressively larger flags that a meeting had to be called to address this issue as the flags could no longer fit in the meeting rooms.

11. Denmark

11. Denmark

Source: bridge.h

It is the oldest flag that is still in use today. The flag of Denmark dates back to the year 1219.

10. Mozambique

10. Mozambique

Source: Miran Hojnik

This is the only flag that features an AK-47 on it.

9. Philippines

9. Philippines

When not in war, the blue stripe is on top but when the Philippines is at war, the red stripe is flown on top.

8. Afghanistan

8. Afghanistan

This is the only flag that has been redesigned 20 times, which is more than any other country.

7. Russia

7. Russia

Source: Derek Law

This is the only flag that is said to have no meaning, however historians are quick to dispute this claim.

6. Cambodia and Afghanistan

6. Cambodia and Afghanistan

Source: Bart Jolley

These are the only two flags that feature buildings as part of the design.

5. Iran

5. Iran

Source: Quigibo

“Alahu Akbar” is repeated 22 times on the flag of Iran.

4. Bangladesh

4. Bangladesh

Source: Mark Nelson

The red circle on the flag of Bangladesh is a little bit off center to the left. This is so that when it is waved, the circle would look like it is in the center.

3. Norway

3. Norway

Source: Mark Nelson

Also dubbed as the “Mother of all Flags”, Norway’s flag encloses the flags of the following countries: France, Indonesia, Poland, Thailand, Finland, and the Netherlands.

2. current US flag

24. US

Source: Noel Stull

Did you know that the existing US flag was designed by a 17-year old for a school project? He unfortunately got a B- as his grade.

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