Star symbols are featured on the flags of 59 independent states, plus other governmental and non-governmental organizations. The symbolic meaning of a star on a flag isn’t universal; each country may have a definite reason for featuring the shape.
List of Countries with Stars on Flag
Alongside other symbols, a flag may consist of one or more stars, and these stars can be in various shapes, from hexagrams to 24-pointed stars. However, the five-pointed star is most common on national flags.
While there are many countries with stars on their flag, here we'll look in detail at a list of five states whose flags include conspicuous stars:
Flag of the United States
The United States flag features the most stars than any national flag globally. It consists of a blue canton at the left upper corner bearing fifty-pointed white stars and rows of 13 horizontal red and white stripes.
Each star represents a U.S. individual state, whereas the stripes signify the initial 13 colonies. The American flag has been amended 26 times, most recently in 1959, when Hawaii was incorporated as a state into the Union.
Flag of Brazil
The flag of Brazil is bright green, with a centered yellow diamond occupied by a blue globe. The blue globe has 27 stars and a white banner consisting of the country's slogan.
The green color represents Braganza's royal house, while yellow signifies the house of Habsburg. The stars used to represent how the groups in the southern hemisphere were seen from Rio de Janeiro in the early morning on November 15, 1889, when Brazil became a republic.
Later, they copied the U.S. in having stars representing states. The flag was modified to 21 stars but has still changed to incorporate the changing number of states. Today, the Brazilian flag has 27 stars.
Flag of Israel
Israel is the only country with a star on flag highlighting a hexagram-shape (The Star of David).
The star was incorporated on Israel’s flag after the state's independence, where a white background was placed between two horizontal blue stripes. The symbolic meaning of the star has to do with Jewish identity.
It was initially limited to use by the Jewish population in Austria, the Czech Republic and some parts of Germany. But after the 19th century, the star became an emblem of the Jewish people throughout Eastern Europe.
Flag of Australia
The flag of Australia has six stars—five are seven-sided, and one is a five-sided star. The big seven-pointed star under the Union Jack is a Federation Star signifying Australia's six territories and states.
The four minor seven-pointed stars and the single five-pointed star stands for the Southern Cross constellation- only visible from the Southern Hemisphere and thus representing the geographical location of Australia.
Flag of Aruba
Aruba, one of the four constituent countries of the Netherlands Kingdom, is the only country with a four-sided star on its flag. The red star has a white outline and is packed on a blue background.
The four points on the star represent the origin of the Aruban community, and the red colors indicate the red soil of the country, enclosed by a blue sea. Then there are the white edges of the star that represent purity, honesty, and white beaches.