National Flags with Horizontal Stripes

United States

Image of the United States flag.

While the Betsy Ross flag used thirteen stars to represent the 13 original colonies, the current American flag uses 13 horizontal stripes to represent the colonies. Combine those 13 stripes with a field of 50 stars representing the 50 states, and you have one the most meaningful flags in the world. The American flag’s fame partially comes from its simplistic design and meaningful symbolism, two parts of the flag design principles.

Germany

Image of the Germany flag.

Germany is a traditional tricolor flag, a design concept that is used quite often on European flags. The German flag features three equal horizontal stripes of black, red and yellow. The three colors represent the Republican Democracy that was formed after World War II and the fall of Nazi Germany. The colors were also used to join East and West Germany and symbolize freedom and unity among the people.

Russia

Image of the flag of Russia.

The Russian flag is also a tricolor flag, consisting of three equal horizontal stripes of white, blue and red. Similar to the German flag, the flag of Russia has undergone much change throughout its history. In fact neither of their current national flags are the most famous flags in their nation’s history. The most famous Russian flag is of course the Soviet Union flag, while Germany is unfortunately known for the Nazi swastika. Nonetheless, the current flag of Russia was the national flag before the Soviet Union came into power, and was reintroduced in 1991.

India

Image of the flag of India.

The flag of India consists of three equal horizontal stripes of saffron, white and green. However, unlike the Russian and German flags, the Indian flag features a 24 spoke navy blue wheel at the center of the flag. The wheel is meant to symbolize constant motion from the nation’s people – a progressive mindset. An interesting note about the India flag: by law it must be made of hand spun cloth called khadi.

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