Every nation has a symbol, usually a flag, that unite its people and that its people can wear and display proudly. Flags are particularly important as they are used to represent the country in international settings. Flags are all supposed to be unique and distinguishable. A country can be easily identified; however, many countries have similar color schemes and patterns on their flags, making it difficult to tell them apart.
Flags with strips of red, white, and blue often symbolize the relationships of nations with other nations, such as the Netherlands flag and the flags of its former colonies. Countries with red, white, and blue stripes are:
- Costa Rica
- The Netherlands
- North Korea
Flags with other types of red, white, and blue patterns on them are:
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
As previously mentioned, some countries have similar flags to others, representing either one country and its colonies or a special relationship between the two nations.
The United Kingdom and Australia have similar red, white, and blue flags. The U.K. flag features the Union Jack as its entire flag. In contrast, the Australian flag has the Union Jack in the upper hoist corner and one six-point star representing each Australian state, and five other stars of the Southern Cross. The Australian flag’s Union Jack is thought to symbolize Australia’s history as six British colonies or demonstrate loyalty to the British Empire. The New Zealand flag has a similar design to Australia’s except there are four stars instead of six and the stars are red with white outlines.
The Liberian flag is very similar to the United States flag. The U.S. flag has 13 red and white stripes and a blue field in the upper hoist corner with 50 white stars representing the 50 U.S. states. The Liberian flag has 11 red and white stripes and one white star in a blue field in the upper hoist corner. This represents Liberia’s founding by a group of free people of color who were formerly enslaved black people from the U.S. The 11 stripes symbolize the signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, and their colors represent courage and moral excellence. The white star represents the first independent republic in Africa.