Facts about Flags
We recently had a customer ask us what the world’s largest ever flag was so I decided to collate a list of top ten flag facts!
- There is only one country in the world whose flag is not quadrilateral – this is the Nepalese flag. The two stacked triangular flag represents the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal.
- The first ever Olympic flag went missing for 77 years after the 1920 games in Belgium, until a 1920 olympian revealed he’d had it in his suitcase the whole time, after being dared to climb the flag pole and steal it!
- There was one surviving Union Jack flag from the Battle of Trafalgar and it sold for £384,000 on 21st October 2009!
- There are only two countries with squared flags, Switzerland and Vatican City.
- There are thirteen stripes on the American flag that represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from Kingdom of Great Britain
- The Danish flag is the oldest flag, designed in 1219!
- From 1815 to 1830, the French flag was plain white during the Bourbon Restoration
- The largest flagpole in the world, is the Jeddah flag pole in Saudi Arabia. The flagpole measures 170 metres!
- The most common symbol on a flag is the sun
- The largest flag flown from a flag pole was a Mexican national flag measuring 34.3m x 60m (112ft 6.39in x 196ft 10.2in) and was achieved by the city of Piedras Negras (Mexico), in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, on 2 December 2011. The flag pole measures 100 m (328ft 1in).
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