15 National Flags and Their Meanings


What originated on battlefields as a means of identification, flying in courtrooms, classrooms, government offices and fire stations, flags now typically hold symbolic significance for every nation with complex meanings ingrained into their designs. Flags don’t just come by, different nations has different reasons why they adopted the colours and the features in their flag. Most times, the history and legends surrounding a nation  has a lot to say about the country’s flag. Here we bring to you 15 national flags and their meanings.

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Here Goes 15 National Flags and Their Meanings

1) Austria

This flag is dated back to 1230. According to history, whenever Duke Leopold V. of Austria returns from battle, his white which he wore to battle is soaked with blood while the underneath remains white. Some will say that this was what inspired their choice of the colour of their flag.Quite older than the UK flag (union jack)

Austria national flag - national flags and their meanings

2) United Kingdom

Dated back to 1801, known as the union jack. It signifies the crosses of  the of the patron saints of Wales, Scotland and England combined together.

UK national flag

3) Canada

Also referred to as the “maple leaf flag”. This idea of maple leaf flag was not known until Prime Minister Lester Pearson asked that it should be included following his observation during the war, he noticed the battalions putting a maple leaf on their badges.

Canada national flag

4) United States

Also known as the  “Old Glory” or “Star Stripe” the 13 stripes on the flag signify the original colonies while the stars signify the states that make up the union.

US national flag

5) South Africa

The red, green and black colours contained in the flag are derived from the ANC  party and the Boer republic specifically, maybe in allegiance to the freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who founded the party.

SA national flag