List of national flags by design

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Uncommon flag shapes[edit]

Star(s)[edit]

Four-pointed[edit]

  •  Aruba (a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  •  NATO (an organization)

Five-pointed[edit]

One pentagram in center[edit]

One five-pointed star in center[edit]

See also the list of flags featuring crescents, below, many of which include a five-pointed star in the crescent.

One five-pointed star on hoist[edit]

One five-pointed star on canton[edit]

Multiple five-pointed stars of equal size[edit]

Circle of five-pointed stars[edit]

Multiple five-pointed stars in different sizes[edit]

Six-pointed[edit]

National flag of Israel

Hexagram[edit]

Many-pointed[edit]

One many-pointed star[edit]

National flag of the Marshall Islands

Multiple many-pointed stars[edit]

National flag of Nepal
  •  Australia (one 5-pointed star, five 7-pointed)
  •  Nepal (two stars: one 16-pointed, one 12-pointed)

Southern Cross[edit]

National flag of New Zealand
The Southern Cross, also known as Crux

The Southern Cross or Crux, a constellation visible in the Southern Hemisphere, is depicted on flags and coats of arms of various countries and sub-national entities. This star constellation is visible mostly in the southern hemisphere and it therefore symbolises the southern location of its users.

(The term Southern Cross can also refer to the blue saltire as used in various flags of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War.)

Stars and stripes[edit]

National flag of the United States of America

Crescent[edit]

Facing up[edit]

National flag of Nepal

Facing fly[edit]

National flag of Turkey

Facing diagonally[edit]

National flag of Pakistan

Circle[edit]

One circle in center[edit]

National flag of India

One circle on hoist[edit]

National flag of Bangladesh

One broken or implied circle[edit]

National flag of Eritrea

Triangle[edit]

Triangle(s) in centre[edit]

National flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Triangle(s) on hoist[edit]

National flag of the Czech Republic

Triangle(s) on fly[edit]

Stripes[edit]

Horizontal[edit]

Two colors[edit]

Two equal horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of Indonesia
National flag of Poland
Two unequal horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of Belarus
Three equal horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of Argentina
National flag of Austria
Three unequal horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
Flag of Kazakhstan within the Soviet Union
Three thin-and-thick horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of Cambodia
Three fimbriated thin-and-thick horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of North Korea
Three thick-and-thin horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of Nauru
Three fimbriated thick-and-thin horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
Flag of Uzbekistan within the Soviet Union
Many equal horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]
National flag of Greece
Many unequal horizontal stripes in two colors[edit]

Three colors[edit]

Three equal horizontal stripes in three colors[edit]
National flag of Kenya
Three unequal horizontal stripes in three colors[edit]
National flag of The Gambia
Four unequal horizontal stripes in three colors[edit]
Flag of Tajikistan within the Soviet Union
  •  Tajikistan (Constituent republic of the Soviet Union)
Five unequal horizontal stripes in three colors[edit]
National flag of Costa Rica
National flag of Cape Verde

Four colors[edit]

Four equal horizontal stripes in four colors[edit]
Seven equal horizontal stripes in four colors[edit]
Seven unequal horizontal stripes in three colors[edit]

Five colors[edit]

Five equal horizontal stripes in five colors[edit]

Vertical[edit]

Two equal vertical stripes in two colors[edit]

National flag of Algeria

Two unequal vertical stripes in two colors[edit]

Two unequal serrated vertical stripes in two colors[edit]

National flag of Bahrain

Three equal vertical stripes in two colors[edit]

National flag of Guatemala

Three equal vertical stripes in three colors[edit]

National flag of France

Flags based on the French tricolor[edit]

  1.  Acadia
  2.  France
  3.  French Southern and Antarctic Lands
  4.  Wallis and Futuna

Three unequal vertical stripes[edit]

National flag of Canada

Four unequal vertical stripes in four colors[edit]

Two crossing horizontal and vertical stripes[edit]

National flag of Switzerland
Nordic Cross flag[edit]
Saint George's Cross[edit]
In canton[edit]
Others[edit]

One vertical stripe in center[edit]

Diagonal[edit]

Two diagonal stripes[edit]

National flag of Papua New Guinea

Three diagonal stripes[edit]

Three fimbriated diagonal stripes[edit]

National flag of Tanzania

Many diagonal stripes[edit]

National flag of Brunei
Many radiating diagonal stripes[edit]
National flag of the Marshall Islands
Pall[edit]
National flag of South Africa

Two crossing diagonal stripes[edit]

Cross[edit]

Upright centred cross[edit]

National flag of the Dominican Republic

Saint George's Cross[edit]

Jerusalem cross[edit]

National flag of Georgia

Nordic Cross[edit]

Nordic Cross in two colours[edit]

National flag of Finland

Nordic Cross in three colours[edit]

National flag of Iceland

One cross in upper left corner[edit]

One cross in emblem[edit]

National flag of Slovakia

Diagonal cross[edit]

National flag of Jamaica

St. Andrew's Cross[edit]

Cross of Burgundy[edit]

Upright and diagonal centred crosses[edit]

National flag of the United Kingdom

Union Jack[edit]

National flag of Fiji
flag of Bermuda
flag of the United Kingdom
flag of South Africa (1928–1994
National flag of Canada 1957–1965

Additionally, the Union Jack features in many territorial and sub-national flags. These are often Red Ensigns (e.g.,  Bermuda) or Blue Ensigns (e.g.,  New South Wales and  Anguilla). A small number have backgrounds of other colours (e.g.  British Antarctic Territory and  Niue) or a unique pattern in the field (e.g.  British Indian Ocean Territory and  Hawaii). A small number put the Union Jack somewhere other than the canton (e.g.  British Columbia). Unofficial flags, such as  Ross Dependency also use it.

Divisions[edit]

Upper left divided from rest of flag[edit]

National flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

A canton in a flag is a rectangular area at the top hoist corner of a flag, occupying up to a quarter of the flag's area. The canton of a flag may be a flag in its own right. For instance, British ensigns have the Union Jack as their canton, as do their derivatives such as the national flags of Australia and New Zealand. Following the practice of British ensigns, a canton sometimes contains a symbol of national unity such as the blue field and white stars of the U.S. flag. In these cases, the canton may be called simply the union.

The U.S. flag's canton derives from the British use of the Union Jack in the canton of its possessions (including, historically, the early United States). Subsequently, many New World nations (and other later countries and regions, such as Liberia or Malaysia) that were inspired by the U.S. incorporated elements likewise inspired by the U.S. flag. As a result, many extant uses of a prominent canton derive either from British territorial history, or U.S. influence and inspiration.

One vertical stripe on hoist[edit]

National flag of Benin

Four equal rectangles meeting at center[edit]

See also #Cross section

National flag of the Dominican Republic

Four equal triangles meeting at center[edit]

National flag of Jamaica
St. Andrew's Cross
Cross of Burgundy

Other symbols and pictures[edit]

Sun[edit]

National flag of Uruguay

Moon[edit]

National flag of Bangladesh

Animal[edit]

National flag of Albania

Bird[edit]

Eagle[edit]

Livestock[edit]

Dragon[edit]

Lion[edit]

Human[edit]

Other animal[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

Weaponry[edit]

National flag of Haiti

Agricultural and industrial tools[edit]

National flag of the Soviet Union (1955-1991), bright red used in 1980.

Plants[edit]

National flag of Canada

Map[edit]

National flag of Cyprus

Shield[edit]

National flag of Kenya

Key[edit]

National flag of Vatican City

Trapezium[edit]

National flag of Kuwait

Square[edit]

National flag of Switzerland

Other symbols[edit]

National flag of India

Text[edit]

Country name[edit]

National flag of Paraguay

Country name and motto[edit]

National flag of the Dominican Republic
  •  Afghanistan – the lowest line of text reads Afghanistan in the Pashto alphabet, and the calligraphic text at the top is the Shahada with the Takbir written beneath it.
  •  Brunei – the line of text on the crescent reads "Always render service with God's guidance", while the lower line reads Brunei Darussalam, both in the Jawi script.
  •  El Salvador – the name of the country encircles the coat of arms, which features the motto "Dios, Unión, Libertad" (Spanish for "God, Unity, Freedom") inside.
  •  Dominican Republic – the motto "Dios, Patria, Libertad" (meaning "God, Homeland, Freedom" in Spanish) can be read above the coat of arms at the center, below is the name of the country.

Motto[edit]

National flag of Brazil
  •  Andorra – "VIRTVS VNITA FORTIOR", Classical Latin for "United virtue is stronger".
  •  Belize – "Sub Umbra Floreo", meaning "Under the Shade I Flourish" in Latin.
  •  Brazil – "Ordem e Progresso", meaning "Order and Progress" in Portuguese.
  •  Equatorial Guinea – "Unidad, Paz, Justicia", meaning "Unity, Peace, Justice" in Spanish
  •  Iran – the Takbir ("Allahu akbar", which means "God is [the] greatest") written in the Kufic script 11 times.
  •  Iraq – the Takbir written in the Kufic script.
  •  San Marino – "LIBERTAS", Latin for "Freedom".
  •  Saudi Arabia – the Shahada (an Islamic creed meaning "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet") written in the Thuluth script.
  •  Spain – "PLVS VLTRA", Latin for "Further beyond".

Other texts[edit]

National flag of Malta
  •  Guatemala – "Libertad 15 de septiembre de 1821", a combination of the Spanish word for "Freedom" and the date of independence date of the former Federal Republic of Central America from Spain.
  •  Haiti – "L'union fait la force" (meaning "Union makes strength" in French), which is different from the country's official motto "Liberté, égalité, fraternité".
  •  Malta – "For Gallantry" can be read at the George Cross carried in the canton.

By continent[edit]

Americas[edit]

Europe[edit]

Asia[edit]

Africa[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Dependent Territories[edit]

Flags of another state[edit]

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