48 Of The Best Flags On Earth

On April 21, 2013 by Lazer Horse

All Flags Of The World 1911

Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands Flag

The North Mariana Islands are based between Hawaii and the Philippines. The symbol behind the white star is a latte stone (a kind of pillar), used in the island’s traditional Chamorro house foundations. The latte stones look like this in real life:

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Latte1” by Hajime NAKANO from Tokyo, Japan – Latte stone. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

This is the North Mariana Islands’ flag, officially used between 1976 and 1981:

Flag - Northern Mariana Islands - 1972

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Pierre and Miquelon Flag

I’d never heard of Saint Pierre and Miqueloon until just now, they’re an island off the eastern coast of Canada, and it looks like they are still based very much in medieval Europe. In fact, the flag has been officially in use since 1794.

Seychelles

Seychelles Flag

Love it.

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Flag

The only flag with a bit of carpet on it as far as I am aware. The Turkmenistan flag design department are a talented bunch, the Presidential Standard is also pretty fly:

Flag - Turkmenistan Presedential Standard

And, this is the flag of the Turkmenistan Air Force:

Flag - Turkmenistan Air Forces

Here’s a couple of links to stuff about Turkmenistan:

TURKMENISTAN’S MOST MENTAL PRESIDENT

THE WALLS OF MERV

J LO SERENDAES TURKMENISTAN’S DICTATOR

Turks And Caicos Islands

Turks And Caicos Islands Flag

This is another new one for me. The Turks and Caicos Islands are in the Bahamas chain and their flag showcases some of the island’s common critters: a conch shell, a spiny lobster, and a Turks head cactus.

Here’s the Turks and Caicos Islands’ coat of arms in more detail:

Coat of arms - Turks_and_Caicos_Islands

Uganda

Uganda Flag

No, it’s not a chicken, it’s a grey crowned crane, a bird famed for its gentle nature. The bird was also the military badge of Ugandan soldiers under UK rule. The raised foot symbolises Uganda’s march forwards as an independent country.

Although I absolutely love the current version of the Ugandan flag, I think I prefer the version from 1962:

Flag - Uganda - 1962

The flag fandango continues overleaf…

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