The World Flag Chart

◀︎ Flags of 1957 ▶︎

Sub-Saharan Africa


green-yellow-red, lion
Ethiopia
royal flag 11 Often (but not always) flown by the royal house and the government.
green-yellow-red
Ethiopia
national flag 22 Flown by anyone.
red-yellow-green, black star
Ghana
green-red-yellow
Cameroon
black-red-green
Nyasaland
NAC flag 33 Flag of the Nyasaland African Congress, which sought independence from Great Britain. Direct predecessor of the flag of Malawi. The colony was part of the nominally self-governing Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, which had a rarely-used British ensign with the federation coat of arms.
black-red-green, white shield and spears emblem
Kenya
KAU flag 44 Flag of the Kenya African Union, which sought independence from Great Britain. Direct predecessor of the modern flag of Kenya. The colony also had a rarely-used British ensign with a red lion badge.
black-green-yellow
African National Congress
green-black-green
Tanganyika
TANU flag 55 Flag of the Tanganyika African National Union, which sought independence from Great Britain. Direct predecessor of the 1961 flag of Tanganyika, and by extension the flag of Tanzania. The colony also had a rarely-used British ensign with a giraffe badge.
orange-white-blue, a cross made up of the Union Jack, Orange Free State, and Transvaal flags
South Africa
11 red-white stripes, blue canton, white star
Liberia
green, two white stars, French flag
Togo
blue, yellow star
Congo
blue, white star
Somalia
blue, green olive branch emblem
Eritrea
blue-yellow-blue, coat of arms
Buganda
blue-red-blue, yellow outlines, shield and spear
Swaziland
plain red
Zanzibar

Middle East and North Africa


red, white crescent and star
Turkey
red, white disc, red crescent and star
Tunisia
red, green pentagram
Morocco
green-white, red star and crescent
Algeria 66 Flown by nationalists and indepenence activists. The French colony in Algeria did not have an official flag.
red-black-green, white crescent and star
Libya
green, white crescent and three white stars
Egypt
national flag 77 Flown for all purposes.
red-white-black, yellow eagle
Egypt
liberation flag 88 Often flown alongside the national flag.
black-white-green, red triangle
Palestine
black-white-green, red triangle, white 7-pointed star
Jordan
black-white-green, red trapezoid, two white 7-pointed stars
Iraq
green-white-black, three red stars
Syria
white, two thin blue stripes, blue star of David
Israel
red-white-red, green cedar tree
Lebanon
green-white-red, yellow lion and sun
Iran
state flag 99 Flown by the government, and often by private citizens. At sea, and in certain ceremonial settings on land, the ratio was 1:3.
green-white-red
Iran
national flag 1010 Allowed to be flown by anyone. At sea, the ratio was 1:3.
green, white shahadah, white sword
Saudi Arabia
red with the Arabic word
Kuwait 1111 There were many variations of this flag, depending on who was flying it and when. Some versions would have added inscriptions, decorations or royal symbols. The flag could also be triangular.
red, white sword, five white stars
Yemen
red, white Arabic word Fujairah
Fujairah
plain red
Muscat and Oman
red, thick white outline
Ras al-Khaimah · Sharjah
red, thick white stripe
Abu Dhabi · Dubai · Ajman · Umm al-Quwain
red, thick white serrated stripe
Bahrain
maroon, serrated white stripe
Qatar
blue-yellow-green
Sudan
yellow-green-yellow, red triangle, three white stars
Kathiri State
red-yellow-blue, three blue-green-blue circles, three gray towers
Qu'aiti State
red-white-green, yellow sun
Kurdistan
purple-white-red, triangle of three white stars in the top-left
Assyrians
green-red-yellow-blue-white
Druze

Western Europe


blue-white-red
France
green-white-red
Italy
green-white-orange
Ireland
blue-yellow-red, coat of arms
Andorra
black-yellow-red
Belgium
black-red-yellow
East Germany · West Germany
red-white-blue
Netherlands
red-white-azure
Luxembourg
red-white-red
Austria
national flag 1212 Flown by private citizens and municipalities.
red-white-red, black eagle
Austria
federal service flag 1313 Flown by the federal government and the armed forces.
red-yellow-red, coat of arms
Spain
red, white square cross
Switzerland
red, white nordic cross
Denmark
national flag 1414 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
red, white nordic cross, swallowtail cut
Denmark
sovereign flag 1515 Flown by the royal house, the government, and the armed forces. Also granted to a select list of private institutions and companies.
red, white-blue nordic cross
Norway
merchant flag 1616 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
red, white-blue nordic cross, swallowtail cut
Norway
state flag 1717 Flown only on state-owned buildings and naval ships.
blue, white-red nordic cross
Iceland
national flag 1818 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
blue, white-red nordic cross, swallowtail cut
Iceland
state flag 1919 Flown on government buildings and coast guard ships.
blue, yellow-red nordic cross
Åland
blue, yellow nordic cross
Sweden 2020 Flown for all purposes. A three-tailed version of the national flag is flown by the military.
white, blue nordic cross
Finland
national flag 2121 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
white, blue nordic cross, coat of arms
Finland
state flag 2222 Flown by the government, border guard, and public universities. The armed forces fly a version with a swallowtail cut.
white, blue-red nordic cross
Faroe Islands
blue, white cross
Greece
land flag 2323 Flown on land within Greece. The military flag had a crown in the centre of the cross.
9 blue-white stripes, blue canton containing a white cross
Greece
sea flag 2424 Flown at sea and abroad. The naval ensign had a crown in the centre of the cross.
blue, red-white pinwheel saltire outlined in white, red cross outlined in white
United Kingdom
white, red cross
England · Guernsey
white, red cross, white 6-pointed star, red hand, crown
Northern Ireland 2525 Flown by the government, sporting teams and by some private citizens. More or less exclusively a unionist symbol.
blue, white saltire
Scotland
white, red saltire
Jersey
white-green, red dragon badge, crown
Wales
white-blue, coat of arms
San Marino
blue-red, yellow crown
Liechtenstein
red-white
Monaco
national flag 2626 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
white, coat of arms
Monaco
princely flag 2727 Flown over the Prince's Palace and government buildings.
yellow-white, crossed keys emblem
Vatican City
white-red, blue canton, George Cross
Malta
traditional flag 2828 Flown by civilian ships. Plain flags without the George Cross were also common. The colonial government had a blue ensign with the Maltese coat of arms on it.
red, thick green stripe, yellow armillary sphere, coat of arms
Portugal
red, green saltire, white cross
Basque Country
red, white triskellion
Isle of Man
9 red-yellow stripes
Catalonia
senyera 2929 The traditional Catalan flag.
9 red-yellow stripes, blue triangle, white star
Catalonia
estelada 3030 The flag preferred by supporters of Catalan independence.
9 black-white stripes, white canton, 11 ermine spots
Brittany
black, white cross
Cornwall
white, blue diagonal stripe
Galicia
white, black moors head emblem
Corsica
yellow, black lion
Flanders
yellow, red rooster
Wallonia

Eastern Europe


red, yellow hammer and sickle
Soviet Union
red, black two-headed eagle, yellow hollow star
Albania
white-red, blue triangle
Czechoslovakia
white-red
Poland
state flag 3131 Flown over the Presidential Palace, parliament, provincial legislatures, and other government buildings. Private use highly restricted.
white-red, coat of arms
Poland
coat of arms flag 3232 Flown by embassies, airports, and merchant ships. Private use strictly banned.
blue-white-red, red star outlined in yellow
Yugoslavia
red-white-green
Hungary
white-green-red, emblem
Bulgaria
blue-black-white
Estonia 3333 Flown by the diplomatic service in exile and the Estonian disaspora. Flying the national flag was banned under the Soviet occupation.
yellow-green-red
Lithuania 3434 Flown by the diplomatic service in exile and the Lithuanian disaspora. Flying the national flag was banned under the Soviet occupation.
maroon-white-maroon
Latvia 3535 Flown by the diplomatic service in exile and the Latvian disaspora. Flying the national flag was banned under the Soviet occupation.
blue-yellow-red, factory emblem
Romania

South Asia and the Indian Ocean


orange-white-green, blue wheel
India
green, thick white stripe, white crescent and star
Pakistan
black-red-green, white mosque
Afghanistan
red double-tailed pennant outlined in blue, white moon, white sun
Nepal
diagonal yellow-red, white dragon
Bhutan
white, yellow wheel surrounded by colourful decorations, ornate border
Sikkim
maroon, yellow outline, yellow lion, four yellow leaves
Ceylon
red, black-white barberpole-striped edge, green rectangle, white crescent
Maldive Islands
red, white plough, three white bars
Jammu and Kashmir 3737 Flown in the Indian-controlled parts of the disputed region of Kashmir.
green, four white stripes, orange canton, white crescent and star
Azad Kashmir 3838 Flown in the Pakistan-controlled parts of the disputed region of Kashmir.
blue, white 6-pointed star, red-yellow-green striped-arc
Nagaland 3939 Flown by nationalists and separatists. The Naga Hills area did not have an official flag within India.

East, Central and Southeast Asia


white, red circle
Japan
white, red-blue taeguk surrounded by four black trigrams
South Korea
blue-red-blue, white outlines, white disc, red star
North Korea
red, five yellow stars
China
red, yellow star
North Vietnam
yellow, three thin red stripes
South Vietnam
white triangle, 12-red-blue wedges, yellow sun, two snow lions, yellow border
Tibet
red-blue-red, yellow soyombo, yellow star
Mongolia
red, blue canton, white sun
Taiwan 4040 The flag of the Republic of China, the government of Taiwan. Banned on the mainland, as the People's Republic of China claimed sovereignty over the island. Regarded as the flag of China at the United Nations.
red, blue canton, six white stars
Burma
red, three white elephants under an umbrella
Laos
red-blue-red, white circle
Laos
Pathet Lao flag 4141 Flown by the communist Pathet Lao government-in-exile in Hanoi.
red-white-blue-white-red
Thailand
blue-red-blue, white Angkor Wat
Cambodia
blue-red, white triangle, yellow sun, three yellow stars
Philippines
11 red-white stripes, blue canton, yellow crescent and 11-point star
Malaya
red-white
Indonesia
yellow, diagonal white-black stripes
Brunei
yellow, vertically divided black-red cross, yellow crown
Sarawak 4242 Sarawak also had a blue colonial ensign.
yellow-green-red, white circle
Shan
red-white-blue, thick blue stripe, red sunburst and yellow drum
Karen 4343 Flown by Karen nationalists seeking independence and separation from Burma.
blue, white crescent and star
East Turkestan 4444 The national flag of the Uyghur people, banned within the People's Republic of China. Xinjiang Region does not have an official flag.

Oceania


blue British ensign, white 7-pointed star and southern cross
Australia
blue British ensign, red southern cross outlined in white
New Zealand
white-red-blue-white-red-blue-white-red, union jack
Hawaiʻi
red, blue canton, white southern cross
Western Samoa
red, white canton, red cross
Tonga
red, white maltese cross, French flag outlined in white
Wallis and Futuna
blue outlined in red, emblem
Guam

North America and the Caribbean


13 red-white stripes, blue canton, 48 white stars
United States
red British ensign, coat of arms
Canada 4545 Not legally the national flag, but allowed to be flown wherever a "distinctive Canadian flag" was needed.
blue, white cross, four white fleurs-de-lis
Québec
blue, yellow big dipper and polaris
Alaska
white-red, thick blue stripe, white star
Texas
blue-white-red, yellow star
Acadia
blue, white disc, coat of arms
Belize
white, American eagle flanked on either side by the blue letters
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
white, red stripe, bear, the words CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC, red star
California
white, red offset cross, red star, red crescent
Mi’kmaq
blue, white infinity symbol
Métis
red-white-black-white-black-white-red, white triangle outlined in black, red-black circle
Arapaho
yellow-purple, staff with 11 feathers dangling from it
Papago
black-white-yellow
Garifuna

Latin America


green, yellow diamond, blue and white celestial sphere
Brazil
green-white-red, eagle and snake symbol
Mexico
red-white-red, coat of arms
Peru
national ensign 4646 Flown by the government, the navy, the national police, and national sports teams. Raised at major ceremonies. The army uses a similar flag with a different coat of arms.
red-white-red
Peru
national flag 4747 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
blue-white-blue containing an emblem
Guatemala
blue-white-blue, gold sun
Argentina
blue-white-blue, 5 blue stars
Honduras
blue-white-blue, coat of arms
Nicaragua
blue-white-blue, coat of arms
El Salvador
national flag 4848 The most common flag, flown over most government buildings, at ceremonies, by diplomatic missions and often by public citizens.
blue-white-blue, yellow
El Salvador
inscribed flag 4949 An alternative government flag, most commonly flown by the armed forces but also on some public buildings and offices.
blue-white-blue
El Salvador
plain flag 5050 The simplest version of the national flag, flown by some private citizens.
red-white-blue, star seal
Paraguay
front side
red-white-blue, lion seal
Paraguay
back side
blue-white-red-white-blue,
Costa Rica
national flag 5151 The most common Costa Rican flag. Officially designated for private citizens, but in practice often used on government buildings and schools too.
blue-white-red-white-blue, coat of arms
Costa Rica
national ensign 5252 Flown by the government and by diplomatic missions, although also used sometimes by private citizens.
5 red-white stripes, blue triangle, white star
Puerto Rico
5 blue-white stripes, red triangle, white star
Cuba
9 white-blue stripes, white canton, yellow sun
Uruguay
national flag 5353 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
blue-white-blue, red diagonal stripe
Uruguay
flag of Artigas 5454 A traditional military emblem, ceremonially flown alongside the national flag at government buildings.
red-white-blue, the words
Uruguay
flag of the Treinta y Tres 5555 A historic flag, ceremonially flown alongside the national flag at government buildings.
blue-red, white square containing a coat of arms
Haiti
blue-red quarters, white cross, coat of arms
Dominican Republic
white-red, blue canton, white star
Chile
white-red-white-blue quarters, blue star, red star
Panama
yellow-blue-red, arc of 7 white stars, coat of arms
Venezuela
national ensign 5656 Flown by the government and armed forces, and unofficially used by many private citizens.
yellow-blue-red, arc of 7 white stars
Venezuela
national flag 5757 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
yellow-blue-red
Colombia
yellow-blue-red, coat of arms
Ecuador
red-yellow-green, coat of arms
Bolivia
state flag 5858 Flown by the governmnent. The armed forces flew a similar flag with olive and laurel branches around the coat of arms.
red-yellow-green
Bolivia
national flag 5959 Allowed to be flown by anyone.

Other International and Cultural Flags


blue, white map of the world, white wreath
United Nations
blue, circle of 12 yellow stars
Europe
blue-yellow-red-white-orange-multicolour
Buddhist Flag
blue-green
Romani
red-black-green
Pan-African Flag
green, white canton, green star
Esperanto
white, red cross
Red Cross
white, red crescent
Red Crescent
white, red lion and sun
Red Lion and Sun
white, olympic rings
Olympic Games

Events of 1957


CAMEROON • Cameroon adopted a flag on October 29, incorporating the colours of the African Democratic Rally. Earlier in the year there had been proposals to put a prawn on the flag.
1957 Flag of Cameroon
CANADA • The coat of arms was slightly changed on October 8.
1992 flag of Canadaright arrow1957 flag of Canada
GHANA • The Gold Coast colony became independent as Ghana on March 6. The stripes on the new national flag were taken from the flag of the Convention People's Party and the flag of Ethiopia.
Flag of the CPPright arrow1957 flag of Ghana
HUNGARY • The coat of arms was removed from the national flag on April 8.
1956 flag of Hungaryright arrow1957 flag of Hungary
MALAYA • Malaya became independent from the United Kingdom on August 13.
1950 flag of Malaya
PARAGUAY • The flag ratio was lengthened from 2:3 to 37:20 on April 30.
1842 front of the flag of Paraguayright arrow1957 front of the flag of Paraguay
1842 front of the flag of Paraguayright arrow1957 back of the flag of Paraguay
SAARLAND • Saarland was incorporated into West Germany on January 1.
1947 flag of Saarlandright arrowX

Notes


1 Often (but not always) flown by the royal house and the government.
2 Flown by anyone.
3 Flag of the Nyasaland African Congress, which sought independence from Great Britain. Direct predecessor of the flag of Malawi. The colony was part of the nominally self-governing Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, which had a rarely-used British ensign with the federation coat of arms.
4 Flag of the Kenya African Union, which sought independence from Great Britain. Direct predecessor of the modern flag of Kenya. The colony also had a rarely-used British ensign with a red lion badge.
5 Flag of the Tanganyika African National Union, which sought independence from Great Britain. Direct predecessor of the 1961 flag of Tanganyika, and by extension the flag of Tanzania. The colony also had a rarely-used British ensign with a giraffe badge.
6 Flown by nationalists and indepenence activists. The French colony in Algeria did not have an official flag.
7 Flown for all purposes.
8 Often flown alongside the national flag.
9 Flown by the government, and often by private citizens. At sea, and in certain ceremonial settings on land, the ratio was 1:3.
10 Allowed to be flown by anyone. At sea, the ratio was 1:3.
11 There were many variations of this flag, depending on who was flying it and when. Some versions would have added inscriptions, decorations or royal symbols. The flag could also be triangular.
12 Flown by private citizens and municipalities.
13 Flown by the federal government and the armed forces.
14 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
15 Flown by the royal house, the government, and the armed forces. Also granted to a select list of private institutions and companies.
16 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
17 Flown only on state-owned buildings and naval ships.
18 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
19 Flown on government buildings and coast guard ships.
20 Flown for all purposes. A three-tailed version of the national flag is flown by the military.
21 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
22 Flown by the government, border guard, and public universities. The armed forces fly a version with a swallowtail cut.
23 Flown on land within Greece. The military flag had a crown in the centre of the cross.
24 Flown at sea and abroad. The naval ensign had a crown in the centre of the cross.
25 Flown by the government, sporting teams and by some private citizens. More or less exclusively a unionist symbol.
26 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
27 Flown over the Prince's Palace and government buildings.
28 Flown by civilian ships. Plain flags without the George Cross were also common. The colonial government had a blue ensign with the Maltese coat of arms on it.
29 The traditional Catalan flag.
30 The flag preferred by supporters of Catalan independence.
31 Flown over the Presidential Palace, parliament, provincial legislatures, and other government buildings. Private use highly restricted.
32 Flown by embassies, airports, and merchant ships. Private use strictly banned.
33 Flown by the diplomatic service in exile and the Estonian disaspora. Flying the national flag was banned under the Soviet occupation.
34 Flown by the diplomatic service in exile and the Lithuanian disaspora. Flying the national flag was banned under the Soviet occupation.
35 Flown by the diplomatic service in exile and the Latvian disaspora. Flying the national flag was banned under the Soviet occupation.
36 Banned within the People's Republic of China. The "Tibet Area" did not have an official flag.
37 Flown in the Indian-controlled parts of the disputed region of Kashmir.
38 Flown in the Pakistan-controlled parts of the disputed region of Kashmir.
39 Flown by nationalists and separatists. The Naga Hills area did not have an official flag within India.
40 The flag of the Republic of China, the government of Taiwan. Banned on the mainland, as the People's Republic of China claimed sovereignty over the island. Regarded as the flag of China at the United Nations.
41 Flown by the communist Pathet Lao government-in-exile in Hanoi.
42 Sarawak also had a blue colonial ensign.
43 Flown by Karen nationalists seeking independence and separation from Burma.
44 The national flag of the Uyghur people, banned within the People's Republic of China. Xinjiang Region does not have an official flag.
45 Not legally the national flag, but allowed to be flown wherever a "distinctive Canadian flag" was needed.
46 Flown by the government, the navy, the national police, and national sports teams. Raised at major ceremonies. The army uses a similar flag with a different coat of arms.
47 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
48 The most common flag, flown over most government buildings, at ceremonies, by diplomatic missions and often by public citizens.
49 An alternative government flag, most commonly flown by the armed forces but also on some public buildings and offices.
50 The simplest version of the national flag, flown by some private citizens.
51 The most common Costa Rican flag. Officially designated for private citizens, but in practice often used on government buildings and schools too.
52 Flown by the government and by diplomatic missions, although also used sometimes by private citizens.
53 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
54 A traditional military emblem, ceremonially flown alongside the national flag at government buildings.
55 A historic flag, ceremonially flown alongside the national flag at government buildings.
56 Flown by the government and armed forces, and unofficially used by many private citizens.
57 Allowed to be flown by anyone.
58 Flown by the governmnent. The armed forces flew a similar flag with olive and laurel branches around the coat of arms.
59 Allowed to be flown by anyone.