Later this year there will be much flag-waving taking place across Great Britain; expect to see a sea of Union Jacks around Buckingham Palace and in the Olympic Stadium as Diamond Jubilee and Olympic fever grips the nation.
The world is full of flags; great ones and strange ones. This is a collection of twenty flags that just have to be shared!
Nepal is literally the only country without a rectangular flag. Some people just have to be different!
For obvious reasons there is no way that you could confuse the Arkansas flag with any other flag.
This looks like a four-leaf clover, or a dog’s footprint, or a few splashes of rain merged together, or maybe it looks like nothing at all…
This is a nice, happy flag but you would have thought that the Fryslan flag designer would make a better effort at drawing the hearts!
The Great Socialist People’s flag of Libya
I managed to find a copy of the Libyan flag, but if that had proved to be difficult, I could simply have painted a big swathe of green in Microsoft Paint!
Strangely this flag has a rifle and a scythe placed on top of a book. Could they not have used a bookmark instead?
Northern Marianas Island
Drop us a line if you understand what this mysterious flag signifies. Is that a figure in a grey robe standing behind the star?
The pronunciation of the name of the country might be tricky, but the design of the flag is not. We think it’s a small baseball being thrown out of the sun.
It’s hard to understand why a country would want to represent itself in the 21st century with a made-up creature - especially one which looks like it has feet made from small logs.
This is so bad I can barely look at it! What was Antwerp thinking?!
A flag with a star to represent each state seems like a good idea. Unfortunately America regularly changes the number of states it has – meaning that the flag has to be re-designed each time.
Firstly, use the space you have on your flag! Secondly, it’s not as if Cyprus has a memorable shape. They surely could have come up with something better!
Antarctica might need to liven up their flag a little! Why not put a polar bear right in the middle? Or perhaps there’s already one there?
The Polish flag is a game of two halves – the top half is white and the bottom half is red. This makes it easy to spot when it’s being flown upside down.
Here’s the flag of New England - a garish combination of the Australian, American, English and European flags, with a Christmas tree thrown in for good measure.
Here’s the old American flag of Nevada. Did you know that they dug for gold and silver in Nevada? You do now!
There’s not much you can say about the Ugandan flag except that it’s loud and there’s a strange bird in the middle of it! That’s it!
Is an annoying squawky parrot really a suitable symbol for a country’s flag? At least it looks cheerful.
This flag has an angry-looking tiger and two bayonets. Very scary.
This particular example of the Benin National Flag lasted until 1897. We can see why it was changed!
Written by James Christie who writes for craft supplies company Yellow Moon.