All of us, regardless of skin color, and the nation is proud of its national flag of the country. Today, we offer you a selection of interesting and little-known facts about the flag and tell you some funny stories about them.

Swedish flag

The design of the Swedish flag is likely based on the flag of Denmark; while the yellow and blue originate from the Swedish Coat of Arms which features three yellow crowns on a blue base. The cross, common to most Scandinavian flags, represents Sweden's link to other the Scandinavian countries.The design of the Swedish flag is likely based on the flag of Denmark; while the yellow and blue originate from the Swedish Coat of Arms which features three yellow crowns on a blue base. The cross, common to most Scandinavian flags, represents Sweden's link to other the Scandinavian countries.

Maples against the Beavers.

How does the flag of Canada, everyone knows from childhood - thanks to hockey and autumn walk in the park. However, few people noticed that the famous leaf on a white background is very different from the original. A real maple leaf - 27 sharp edges, and the flag - only 11. Maple has not always been the national symbol of Canada. The country can be said to miraculously escaped the flag with a beaver. Of course, this is a pretty and useful animal, but resist the ridicule could just lazy. The only common symbol for all Canadians in the XIX century. it was a beaver.But when, during a solemn meeting of the Prince of Wales in Toronto came the question, what will be greeting happily waving immigrant children born in Canada, the idea of ​​beavers abandoned immediately. Limited to the most common in those places plant - sugar maple.

The kindest flag.

The island, formerly bore the name of Ceylon, has perhaps the most "Buddhist" and a peace-loving state flag. Color almost all the national flags of the world mean about the same thing: courage, honor, bravery, courage, military victories. Flag of Sri Lanka, to be exact, four leaf sacred Bodhi tree, however, symbolize love, compassion, equanimity and happiness. These guys obviously have a lot to learn.


The oldest flag in the world is Danish. The white cross on a red background first appeared in 1219. What is natural for the time, was not without mystery. According to legend, the flag just came from heaven and came down on the heads of fighting the Estonians, the Danes, for whom he prayed during the battle of their bishop. Danes won the battle and the flag used until now and even gave it a name - the Dannebrog.

Pirates of the submarine.

"Jolly Roger" - the famous pirate flag, which we so often see in the movies and pictures are initially was red instead of black. Red means that the pirates are ruthless in battle and kill indiscriminately. Even the name of the flag Jolly Roger, most likely, is of French origin - Joli Rouge, which means "beautiful red." But the skull and crossbones were already at the first "Roger" experiments started later: in addition to black appeared and crossed sabers, and whole skeletons. By the way, not only unscrupulous use filibusters "Jolly Roger". Even the noble British officers do not disdain pirate symbolism, though, of course, a joke. Before the First World War, when the fleet of Her Majesty got the first submarine, one admiral said the use of the submarine in naval action - vile and not in English, but the prisoners from foreign submarines in general should hang as pirates. In response to his words commander of the submarine E9, who returned to port after a successful battle, raised the "Jolly Roger". Since then, and during the Second World War, and other conflicts in Iraq and even the British submariners always raise a pirate flag, anchor at a port after its successful operation.

The rulers of the seas.

In the era of globalization, everything is possible. For example, today in the seas and oceans mistress seas Britain with invincible Spanish Armada has long pushed ... no, not the United States and China, and, frankly, not the most visible on the world stage Liberia and Panama.Vessels flying the flag of those countries today at all ports and for all waterways in the vast majority. The point, of course, not in the economic and military power, and the notion of "flag of convenience". By purchasing the right to sail under the flags of these countries, the shipowner receives significant bonuses. For example, a quick check-in, the minimum wage sailors, favorable rates of port charges throughout the world, because these countries have never participated in major wars.

Record patriotism.

Owner of the largest on the planet recently became the national flag of Romania. Representatives of the Guinness Book of Records, carefully measured, recorded a record Klincheli residents of the village, 35 km from Bucharest. A local garment factory workers spent 70 km thread until the cloth labored 349 by 227 meters. Of course, hang the flag did not even try (its size, like 10 football fields), but just spread out in a field next to the village.


Flag of Cambodia is very convenient for tourists: it shows the country's main attraction - the temple of Angkor Wat. Naturally, this character in one form or another was present on the banners Khmer long time, and not only in the current version of the 1993, so it's obviously not care about tourists. Although, if you dream up, the trend is interesting: you will immediately see a reason to decide on a major tourist destination in the country.

Heads and Tails.

The flag of Paraguay, the only one in the world has a different image on both sides. On the other side, which is traditionally considered to be the front, there is a yellow star - the emblem of the country, and on the reverse - a lion, which is the emblem of the State Treasury. We hope Paraguayan children do not have to make difficult choices, drawing pictures about the holidays and the heroes of the country.

Flag Observatory.

Animals, plants and weapons on the flags of many countries can boast. But the scientific instrument - only to Portugal. If you look between the two fields of red and green in the background of the emblem is not just a golden ball, and the armillary sphere. This instrument was used for navigation and astronomical observations, and the flag is present because of the outstanding successes of the Portuguese navigators.


The Philippine flag is unique in that it strips can be reversed. At rest, as they say chemists, state blue band is on top, but in the event of war rises up red. Philippines - an island nation, so the flag, adopted in 1898, appear to be helping to quickly alert the entire population of the danger

The flag without the country.

Perhaps only one national flag on every continent recognize our own - a gypsy. Despite the long history, its own flag, Roma got only in 1971.He was accepted at the First World Romani Congress in London. Many centuries of nomadic life is not erased from the memory of the Roma of their homeland - India. This explains the emergence of the Romani flag sacred wheel ("chakras"), such as the Indian flag.

Flag of primitive people.

The traditional flag of the Italian province of Lombardy is different from many other provincial symbols of Western Europe. Instead of the classic elements like heraldry shields, swords and lions on it shows one of the oldest symbols of humanity - kamunskaya rose. The earliest drawings of this form found in the caves of Lombardy and date back to the Bronze Age (1200 BC). By the way, this symbol is called a rose recently or as they called it the ancients themselves, nor that it is not known for certain

Flag comics.

French overseas territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon has, as it seemed to us the most colorful and at the same time the most informative flag.It is possible to read all the simple story of a small archipelago, first ship sailed from France (1536), then the first settlement founded by immigrants from Brittany and Normandy (the two lower the flag on the left), and later they were joined by immigrants from the Basque country (top left flag ).

We are looking for a national idea.

A little known fact about the flag of Russia. It turns out that our flag, unlike the characters of other states, still has no official interpretation of its flowers. There are only a few unofficial versions. For example, white means peace, purity and perfection, blue - fidelity, constancy and faith, and red - the energy, the power, and the blood that was shed for their country. In former times still preserved imperial explanation: three colors speak of the unity of the Slavic peoples, while white corresponds to the Belarusians, blue - the Ukrainians, red - Russian.

Source: www.arrivo.ru


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