The Most Unique National Flags

We already know about the most famous flags in the world, we also touched on how many of those national flags look similar; so here is a look at some of the most unique national flags. This is not about which flag has the nicest, or wackiest design – it’s about being unique in the way these national flags look compared to others. What’s most interesting about the flags chosen here is that none of them feature the traditional starred or striped design that many other flags do.

The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom. Their flag is red and features a symbol in the center known as the Three Legs of Man emblem. The emblem is three conjoined armored legs that are bent at the knee. Also, it’s interesting that all three feet are pointing clockwise, and have a spur attached to their heel.

Image of the flag of the Isle of Man.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a medium sized island country off the southern coast of India. The Sri Lanka flag is known as the Lion Flag, and it’s not hard to understand why. The lion appears to be holding a sword – which the natives claim stands for strength and bravery. The four leaves at the corner stand for the Buddhist values of happiness, equanimity, friendliness, and kindness.

Image of the flag of Sri Lanka.

South Korea

South Korea’s flag is unique, meaningful and bold – all things you want from your national flag. The red and blue yin-yang dominates the center of the flag while it is flanked by four black trigrams. The trigrams are from the Chinese I Ching, or otherwise known as the Book of Changes. They symbolize heaven, water, earth and fire.

Image of the flag of South Korea.


Albania is medium sized European country that borders Greece.  Their flag is red and features a black silhouette of an open-winged double-headed eagle in the center. The flag symbolizes the blood that was shed in order to gain their independence from the ancient Ottoman Empire.

Image of the flag of Albania.


Bhutan is a small inland Asian country that borders China to the south. This flag is incredibly unique because, similar to Albania, it could resemble a tattoo.  The white dragon means purity while the jewels in his claws symbolize wealth. Orange and yellow triangles represent the spiritual powers of their Buddhist religion.

Image of the flag of Bhutan.


Nepal is located very close to Bhutan, as it borders both China and India. Believe it or not, the Nepal flag is the only national flag in the world that is not a rectangle. That alone gives it a place on the most unique flags list. Their previous flag featured faces on the sun and the moon, but those were removed when the monarchy was abolished in 2008. The blue border around the pennant stands for peace.

Image of the flag of Nepal.

It is worth noting that there are many other unique flag designs, they are not limited to the ones chosen here.

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