Unless you’re a budding Vexillologist (someone who studies flags), chances are there’s a lot you’ve got to learn about the flags of your favourite holiday destinations. So put yourself to the test with our flags of Europe travel quiz and see whether you can fly the flag as an expert or not!
1. True or false? France once had a flag that was completely white with no markings or colouration
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True. Between 1815-1830 France went through a major revolution after exiling Napoleon and the current Tricolore was rejected for a plain white flag.
2. True or false? The number of stars on the European Flag represents the number of member countries within Europe
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False. The 12 stars aren’t related to the number of countries but stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the people of Europe.
3. True or false? Denmark currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest continually used national flag
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True. The current design of a white cross on a red background was adopted in 1625 and has been used for nearly 400 continuous years!
4. True or false? There are only 2 square flags in the world and they both belong to European countries
True. The vast majority of flags are rectangular in shape besides those of Switzerland and the Vatican.
5. True or false? The Austrian red flag with a white horizontal strip was inspired after Duke Leopold V fell in love with the flowers of the Red & White Striped Petunia
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False. The design has a much bloodier history and is believed to be inspired after Duke Leopold V’s white tunic was completely stained in blood during the Third Crusade, besides the area under his belt.
6. True or false? The Union Flag flies over Buckingham Palace whilst the Queen is present inside
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False. The Union Flag only flies while she isn’t there, with the Royal Standard signifying her presence.
7. True or false? Ireland and the Ivory Coast have the same flag just upside down
True. Both have the same 3 colours just in reverse order.
8. True or false? In Sweden as soon as a national flag becomes unsuitable for flying it should be burnt
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True. Swedish protocol states their flag shouldn’t be used for anything else once it can’t fly and be burnt.
9. True or false? A quarter of all European flags contain religious imagery
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False. Actually nearly half of all the European flags contain religious symbols, with most being crosses related to Christianity.
10. True or false? The flag of Croatia is one of the world’s oldest flags
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False. Croatia’s flag is actually one of the newest and was officially adopted at the end of 1990.