Top 10 Best Designed National Flags

By | December 27, 2019


English CC by Charles Baluyot (PH) Rebecca: Their grand old flags;
their high-flying flags and forever in peace may they wave. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today,
we’re counting down our picks, for the “Top 10 Best Designed National Flags”. For this list, will be scouring the globe to
look at the flags of current sovereign nations, and we’ll be choosing our favorite designs,
based on how aesthetically pleasing they are, the significance of their imagery, and symbolism, as well as the history behind
the flags. The first flag on our
list, is simple yet bold, with the black emblem
of a double-headed eagle, making it one of the coolest
looking flags in the world. If the impressive look isn’t
enough, the eagle has actually
been a symbol of Albania since the Middle Ages, where it originated, as a “coat of arms”. It became largely synonymous with Albania, after a successful revolt over the Ottoman Empire, which saw the country
gained its independence. Though over the years a number of variations
of the flag have appeared under different governments and regimes, the core elements and colors
have largely remained constant. A new era of unity began in
South Africa with the historic end of Apartheid in 1994, which ended legal
segregation and discrimination, and saw the white and black populations move
closer together. To commemorate the new
government and the beginning of equality, the new flag honored both the countries
African and European roots. The “Y” shape across the center, features
the African National Congress colors of black, yellow, and green. With a red band at the top, and blue on the bottom, each flanked by white strips, the flag also showcases more of South Africa’s history, by calling back to the flags of
both the Netherlands and Britain, who share the colors. Everything about this flag’s design, the crest, the colors, and even the asymmetry, as a fitting air of majesty to it. Spain’s current flag, harkens back to
those flown by the Spanish Navy under Charles III, which featured the
Spanish coat of arms. Noting the abundance of flags featuring white,
Charles opted for something different. Primarily in order to avoid unfortunate
incidents, while meeting foreign enemies at sea, and the red and yellow have appeared
on the Spanish flag since. The flag reached its
final incarnation in 1981, when it brought back the crest, which had
disappeared under dictator Franco’s regime, and now flanked it with two columns, representing the pillars of Hercules. The maple leaf was a symbol of
Canada even before confederation in 1867, however, it wasn’t until 1965, that the country
had a flag to call its own. Although different flags had been used
for military purposes, the lack of a true national flag
was a source of contention, for French
and English speaking Canadians alike. Red and white were named as official colors
by King George V in 1921, but it took 40 years for those colors to be seen on
an official national flag. Foregoing any
British or French symbolism, the simple, yet iconic flag
displays two red bands, which represent the oceans on
either side of the country, with the uniquely Canadian image of an 11 pointed
maple leaf standing proudly between them. No list of flags would
be complete without this unique entry, Nepal’s flag is the only flag in the
world without four corners or four edges. Foregoing the usual square or
rectangular template, in favor of a shape formed by two intersecting triangles. The triangles represent
Nepal’s most famous landmark, the Himalayan mountains, and each is adorned by a different symbol, the sun represents intense determination, while the moon signifies peace and
tranquility. The striking crimson, the National color of Nepal, works perfectly as a backdrop for the
white symbols of the sun and the moon. All of this is surrounded
by a dark blue border, which symbolizes peace, on this
instantly recognizable flag. “The Star-Spangled Banner”, can trace its
roots all the way back to the American Revolution, when 13 colonies under British rule came
together to fight for their independence. The newly United Colonies were represented
by 13 bars of red and white, with a British flag in the upper left corner. The British flag was quickly replaced by
a circle of 13 white stars on a blue border, and over the years, those stars have come to
represent the number of current states in the Union, while the 13 stripes
remained constant. Surprisingly, a number of countries around the
world admire “Old Glory” so much, they’ve modified it for their own use. The uncommon color combination, along with a stylized dragon draped across the center, makes this flag
one of the most interesting in the world. This small nation has a long, rich
history tied to Tibetan Buddhism, which is reflected on their flag. The orange used, represents Buddhist
spiritual tradition, while the yellow portion,
symbolizes civil tradition, with Druk, the thunder dragon
covering each color equally. As if a thunder dragon,
isn’t cool enough? He clutches jewels, representing
prosperity and protection of his people, while his snarling face is set to be a
sign of the dragons defense of Bhutan. This iconic emblem should be
familiar to any fans of international football, and Brazil’s
phenomenal team, each of its 27 five-pointed
white stars represents a state. However, the stars also correspond with
the actual Brazilian sky, more specifically, it’s a depiction of nine constellations,
as they appeared on the morning of November, 15 1889, the day the Brazilian republic was established. The blue circle containing the story array, works perfectly against the golden diamond
and green background, design elements carried over
from the Brazilian Empire. Brazil’s motto, “Ordem e Progresso”, arches across the sphere, in the perfect
finishing touch bring the banner together. Upon first glance, the flag of Barbados features a visually
pleasing combination of blue and yellow, with the top of a
black Trident standing out in its center. However, it isn’t only aesthetics that
earned the flag its high ranking, chosen when a national
contest was held to pick a national flag. It was adopted in 1966, when Barbados earned its independence
from the British Empire, the broken Trident recalls the flag used when
Barbados was a British colony, whereupon Britannia wielded it. The now broken Trident, symbolizes that the country has
broken away from its colonial past, and, is free from foreign rule. Before we unfurl our top pick, here are some honorable mentions. The top flag on our list
has a rich history, a stylish look, is recognizable across the world, and is even prominent in fashion. The flag of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is an
amalgamation of three separate flags, each with its own storied history. Since the Middle Ages, the cross of St. George’s
has represented England, while St. Andrew’s cross,
has been Scotland’s national symbol. The original Union Jack was created,
as a combination of these emblems in 1606, when James VI of Scotland,
inherited the English crown. Eventually in 1801, the cross of St. Patrick’s
was added for Ireland, completing the flag proudly saluted by every Brit, from James Bond to The Who. Do you agree with our list? Which country
has your favorite flag? For more high-flying “Top 10s” published everyday, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Designed National Flags

  1. Pritam Mitra Post author

    I don't know how Wales didn't get the first spot…it has a Dragon in it for crying out loud

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  2. tommy dickinson Post author

    Whales has the second best flag in my opinion the UK is still the best in my opinion

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  3. Ashley Jacobs Post author

    ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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  4. BUX GT Post author

    I donโ€™t think there is a maroon flag just like my country ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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  5. Losers Coke Post author

    I see so many Philippines (which is a good thing! Be proud of your country!!) but were are my Canadians at?

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  6. {Batata Trouxa} Post author

    ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š
    B r a z i l
    My amazing country ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. American Mapping! Post author

    Every National Flag Looks Nice Canโ€™t Find One Thats Not

    Well Maybe Colombia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด

    But These 2 Non-National Flags Are Just The Worst

    St. Pierre And Miquelon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฒ Just Too Complicated

    Reunion ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ช Just The Colors Just Donโ€™t Match Good Together

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  8. Daniel de Solano Post author

    Brazil's flag breaks one of the sacred rules of flag making NO TEXT

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  9. Random Guy Post author

    What is up with watchmojo and never adding Russian stuff

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  10. akeel hreit Post author

    Tbh
    The flag that has a tree in the middle ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง
    This one is one of the most beautiful flags I've ever seen
    Love from Great Britain

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  11. furious George richmond Post author

    I like the uk the best because I love the flag how it looks and also because I live in it

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  12. ะ”ะฐั€ั‹ะฝ ะัะฐัƒั‚ะฐะตะฒ Post author

    ะšั–ะผ า›ะฐะทะฐา› ะปะฐะนะบ

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  13. Siyaaa Ahmed Post author

    My flag ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ดโค

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  14. sam onyango Post author

    Seriously? Have you looked at the Kenyan flag. Do you know how unique and dapper that flag is?

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  15. Joรฃo Silva Post author

    No offense, but the Nepal flag looks weird af. And it isn't what I would call "good design".

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  16. CutieCat05 Post author

    Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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  17. Everest Nepal Post author

    Nepal ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

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  18. Albanian Beast Post author

    Albania โค๏ธ but Kosovo ? ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐโค๏ธ

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  19. Caroline Perry Post author

    Some of my favourite flags:
    ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผBotswana
    ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ปCape Verde
    ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พBelarus
    ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บCuba
    ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑGreenland
    ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐMacedonia
    ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎFinland
    ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟEswatini
    ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐSri Lanka
    ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผTaiwan
    ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณVietnam
    ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จSeychelles
    ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌPapua New Guinea
    ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ทSouth Korea
    ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑEast Timor
    ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฐTokelau
    ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผPalau
    ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณTunisia
    ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จSaint Lucia
    ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดNorway
    ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌAntigua & Barbuda
    ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌKyrgyzstan
    ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒFederated States Of Micronesia
    ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡งBarbados
    ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆSaudi Arabia
    ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒSan Marino
    ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปLatvia
    Thanks for reading this! Please tell me if I have made any mistakes!

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  20. Caroline Perry Post author

    DAMN RIGHT YOU HEARD GREAT BRITAIN ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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  21. lizkook_shipper_forever only_lizkook_forever Post author

    Red symbolizes a valor/patriotism
    Blue symbolizes a peace and a truth
    White liberty/purity
    Sun represent 8 provinces that revolted against spain during Spanish revolution
    Stars represents 3 main island of the country Luzon , Visayas , Mindanao.
    Im From the Philippinesโคโค

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  22. ะะธะบะพะปะฐ ะกั‚ะพั˜ะฐะฝะพะฒะธั› Post author

    Ahahahahaha Albania? What a joke.

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  23. Arshdeep Chaudhary Post author

    Indian flag is best in the world
    Their is no flag that can fight with Indian flag

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  24. Hunters Elite Post author

    Sorry but I think that the welsh flag is better than the uk flag because it has a red dragon

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  25. IICatLovezero142II tls Post author

    You should read the book. A real great flag

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  26. The bag of Lay's potato chips that's 100% chips Post author

    The Canadian flag isn't supposed to symbolize anything. It's just there.

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  27. Harlley Farias Post author

    ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท

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  28. Khusi Gurung Post author

    NEPAL flag is the only one which is not square ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  29. vam streaming Post author

    ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ indian flag should be there I think but anyways I know this channel did not showing our flag but i tell u something our flags symbol and design meaning
    The colours and symbols of the Indian National flag hold deep philosophical meaning. Each colour represents a specific aspect of Indian culture that resonates deeply within the hearts of the citizens. The saffron stands for sacrifice and renunciation, the white stands for peace and the green stands for courage and immortality. The Ashoka Chakra is a depiction of Dharma Chakra. It has 24 spokes radiating from the center. It represents righteousness, justice and forwardness. The symbolism of wheel is that of constant movement that heralds progress and repels stagnation.

    Another underlying symbolism of the three colours is based on the secular principles of India as a country. The saffron represents Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, the white is for Christianity and the green stands for Islam. The flag as a whole represents a confluence of all religious principles, but above all a philosophy of tolerance and righteousness as depicted by the Ashoka Chakra in the middle. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ˜

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  30. Dipson Sedai Post author

    Nepal ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต

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  31. BOSSLOL GAM3R Post author

    I'm Malaysian Muslim but Saudi Arabia have the best one

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  32. Anoitecer Post author

    ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ

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  33. whwhwhhwhw nn Post author

    If you knew the meaning of the Turkish flag. would be the best flag Turkish flag.

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  34. Renzohโ€™s Club Post author

    I like Seychelles the best ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

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  35. Renzohโ€™s Club Post author

    My Top 10

    10. Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท
    9. South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    8. Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
    7. China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    6. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    5. Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    4. United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
    3. Nepal ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต
    2. Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
    1. Seychelles ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ

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  36. Irma Gviniashvili Post author

    ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—โคโคโค

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  37. Irma Gviniashvili Post author

    ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž

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  38. Blendion Gashi Post author

    ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

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  39. hamed972 wasel972 Post author

    ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ

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  40. Shane Straub21 Post author

    Fuck off America is better than Britainโ€™s flag
    1.America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    2.Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    3.Britain๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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  41. ล omi Brat Post author

    Gde je Srbija pizda vam materina? ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธโคโคโค

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  42. Monica Cortes Post author

    My mom is form spain and my dad is from the us, and i still thiking …where is Mexico in this list ???

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  43. Leggit Boos Post author

    my fav flags๐Ÿ‘โค
    Philippines,Albania, Kosovo ,Turkey, Croatia, Spain, UK, Brazil ,Nepal,Canada, USA, Morocco,Germany ,Korea, Thailand, Indonezia, England, Denmark , Senna

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  44. Sieon Lim Post author

    USA flag is one of the ugliest flags ever. Go ahead, beat me up.

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  45. sailor fox 45 Post author

    My list wod be ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

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  46. rogue sniper Post author

    ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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  47. g3rardo_gg Post author

    What about Mexico?๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

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  48. dimi pap Post author

    Albania never revolt against ottoman… they been allies.. After albania become allied of italia and germany…
    Always a dog of someone strong…Today allied with turkey..turkey train the little albania traces of army..

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  49. Carlo Magno Post author

    As an American, the US flag doesnโ€™t have any history, 13 British colonies, not American colonies, got it from native Americans, 50 stars that were gain by wars and territories, what does blue, red, and white mean, does any color have a significance? And why stars and not circles or plants? What is the significance of the star?

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  50. Xhetan Gjoci Post author

    Iโ€™m Albanian I love my flag I think itโ€™s the most beautiful flag in the world! I love also and Brazil flag is very cool and the meaning of it is great!

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