National colours

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“National colours” are frequently part of a country's set of national symbols.

Many states and nations have formally adopted a set of colours as their official "national colours" while others have de facto national colours that have become well-known through popular use. National colours often appear on a variety of different media, from the nation's flag to the colours used in sports.


Country Flag Primary colours Secondary colours Further information
Argentina Argentina Light blue and white[1]
Armenia Armenia Apricot Red and blue
Australia Australia Green and gold[2] Red, white and blue National colours of Australia
Bangladesh Bangladesh Green and red Green and red National colours of Bangladesh
Belgium Belgium Red Black and yellow
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Blue, Gold and White
Brazil Brazil Green and yellow Blue and white
Canada Canada Red and white[3] Black (Hockey only) National colours of Canada
Chile Chile Red, white, and blue
Czech Republic Czech Republic White, red, and blue[4][5][6][7]
Finland Finland White and blue Purple and red
Germany Germany Black, red and gold Black and white National colours of Germany
Greece Greece Blue and white National colours of Greece
Haiti Haiti Red and blue[8]
Hungary Hungary Red, white and green
Israel Israel Blue and white[9] National colours of Israel
Italy Italy Green, white and red[10] Azure National colours of Italy
Jamaica Jamaica Green, gold and black
Lithuania Lithuania Green and white
Malaysia Malaysia Gold and black Red, white, yellow and blue
Mexico Mexico Green, white, and red
Netherlands Netherlands Orange
New Zealand New Zealand Black[11] White, silver, ochre red National colours of New Zealand
Pakistan Pakistan Green and white
Russia Russia White, blue and red National colours of Russia
Serbia Serbia Red, blue and white[12][13][14] National colours of Serbia
Ukraine Ukraine Blue and yellow National colours of Ukraine
United Kingdom United Kingdom Red, white and blue National colours of the United Kingdom
United States United States Red, white, and blue National colors of the United States
Uruguay Uruguay Blue and white Red. Light-blue is used in sports

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Símbolos nacionales". Government of Argentina. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Our national symbols". Government of Australia. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ "National Colours - Red and White". Government of Canada. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
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  5. ^ cs:Státní barvy České republiky
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  8. ^ CIA World Factbook: National Symbols
  9. ^ "Israel National Symbols: The Israeli Flag". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Ferorelli, Nicola (1925). La vera origine del tricolore italiano. Rassegna storica del Risorgimento 12. 
  11. ^ "Design of The New Zealand Orders Insignia". The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Government of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  12. ^ The Journal of the Orders & Medals Research Society of Great Britain. Orders and Medals Research Society. 1969. p. 207). 
  13. ^ Chronicles. Rockford Institute. 1994. p. 39. 
  14. ^ Nigel Thomas; Krunoslav Mikulan (2006). id=a7cOQ9Nch2AC&pg=PA58 The Yugoslav Wars (2): Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia 1992 - 2001. Osprey Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-84176-964-6.