48 Of The Best Flags On Earth

On April 21, 2013 by Lazer Horse

All Flags Of The World Large

Guatemala

Guatemala Flag

I like the Guatemalan flag because there’s so much going on, birds and guns, good combo. The coat of arms includes a green and red quetzal which is their national bird (click for more on the impressive bird-life of Guatemala).

The scroll bears the inscription “LIBERTAD 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821” (the original date of independence from Spain) all superimposed on a pair of crossed rifles signifying Guatemala’s willingness to defend itself, and a pair of crossed swords representing honor.

The laurel wreath symbolizes victory, the blue bands stand for the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and the sea and sky; the white band denotes peace and purity. Quite a lot of symbolism ain’t there?

The indigenous people of Guatemala have their own flag – Bandera de los Pueblos:

Flag of Guatemala - Bandera de los Pueblos

Bandera de los Pueblos Guatemala” by Joins2003Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Flag

I love the colours and I love the eagle. The eagle has been a Kazakh tribesman’s symbol for centuries, the sun has rays shaped like little seeds…. Click here for a photo collection of Kazakhstan from the air.

As with many countries, the Kazakh flag has changed through the years. For a few decades, the Soviet hammer and sickle were the prominent symbols. They also have a Kazakh Khanate flag which is worthy of mention:

Flag - Kazakh Khanate

Kiribati

Kiribati Flag

In case you were unsure, Kiribati is a chain of islands in the mid Pacific, straddling the equator, forming part of Gilberts islands. The featured bird is a frigate bird; these impressive sea-faring flappers are so large and unusual looking in the sky that they have been mistaken for extant pterodactyls in Papa New Guinea.

Kiribati is a doomed haven and is slowly sinking into the sea. She will soon be gone. The flag will live on forever though.

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Flag

The cross in the middle of this flag is a representation of the top of one of a traditional Kyrgyzstan yurt, and the 40 fingers poking from the sun represent the 40 Kyrgys tribes that combined to beat off the marauding Mongols and form a nation. It’s a beautiful, sparse and wild country by all accounts: KYRGYZSTAN IN PICTURES

Macau

Macau Flag

Macau is part of China in the same way that Hong Kong is. It’s less than 12 square miles in area and has the densest population on earth at more than 48,000 humans per square mile. It also has the 4th highest GDP per capita thanks to its legal gambling. In fact, the gaming, tourism and hospitality industry account for about half of it’s GDP. Nice flag too.

For the sake of completeness (not that there’s anything complete about this collection) here’s the Macau coat of arms used from 1935-1999:

Macau Coat Of Arms

Here’s a video of some of the weirdest flags about…

 

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Flag

I like this one because it’s got a bit of a 70’s vibe somehow. The current Marshall Islands flag was adopted in 1979. The diagonal line represents the equator.

Mozambique

Mozambique Flag

 This is the most hip hop flag in the known Universe: guns and hoes. The AK-47 symbolizes defense and vigilance, the hoe refers to the country’s agriculture, the open book stresses the importance of education, and the star represents Marxism and internationalism.

Here is the version of the flag that they used from 1975-1983, which I think I prefer:

Flag - Mozambique - 75-83

…and this is the Presidential Standard:

Flag - Mozambique - Presedential Standard

Visit here for some lovely details about the BIRD LIFE OF MOZAMBIQUE.

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Flag

Norfolk Island is situated between Australia and New Zealand, but I’m sure you already knew that. Who doesn’t like trees?

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