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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12200 times:

Apart from Nepal & Switzerland,All National Flags are Rectangular in shape.
regds
MEL


Think of the brighter side!
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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3313 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12167 times:

Switzerland not rectangular ?

Btw, why does the Indian flag sport a bicycle wheel in its middle ?


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12153 times:
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Switzerland's flag is square.


The oddest one for me is Libya.



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6013 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12125 times:

Ask Greenland about that..

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7533 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12122 times:

In terms of state flags in the USA, the State of Ohio flag is shaped more like a pennant; although not quite.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/stateflags2.html



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User currently offlineLY4XELD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 858 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12109 times:

Switzerland not rectangular ?

Well, its rectangular in that a square is a type of rectangle.

Btw, why does the Indian flag sport a bicycle wheel in its middle ?

I believe that's a loom, not a bicycle wheel (if you're being serious).



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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12100 times:

Btw, why does the Indian flag sport a bicycle wheel in its middle ?

What appears as a bicycle wheel to you is the "Dharma Chakhra" or "Wheel of the Law" which appears on the abacus of the Sarnath Pillar built by Emperor Ashoka (the 3rd-century BC Mauryan Emperor). The 'Chakra' has 24 spokes and intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation. It replaced the Gandhian spinning wheel (from the earlier flag) to add historical "depth" and separate the national flag from the Indian National Congress party flag.

Hope that clarifies.

rgds//Vimanav



Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12068 times:

Ohio's flag is called a pennant even though it's not fully tapered to a point; I notice that Information Please's website isn't formatted to allow that shape, thus the rectangular outline around the actual shape of the flag.


redngold

PS Vatican City State's flag is also square, I think.




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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12044 times:

Did you all forget about Nepal?




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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12039 times:

Monaco's flag is square. This separates it from the flag of Indonesia:



QFF


User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12038 times:

No the questioner didn't
See his first log!!!!


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12032 times:

No the questioner didn't
See his first log!!!!


Ah dammit. I need to read closer next time!



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12027 times:

Isn't San Marino's kind of stubbish?

User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12016 times:

San Marino's flag is proportioned at 3:4 when most flags are 1:2 or 2:3.

Denmark's flag is proportioned at 28:34. In fact most scandinavian flags have unique proportions.

QFF


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12013 times:

The Official Flag of the Republic of Flight



User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 11961 times:

To summarize the facts:

Nepal's two-triangle flag is the only national flag in the world that's not rectangular, but some countries (Switzerland, the Vatican, maybe a very few more) have square shapes - a kind of rectangle. Some (Belgium, Monaco I think) are not perfect squares but their shapes are ALMOST square. And Qatar has a super-long flag.

Flags normally have officially determined proportions (1:2 for Canada). However, I think the flag of Serbia and Montenegro doesn't have (or didn't have) specific proportions, which may mean you could make a real long or real short version and it would still be official.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11906 times:

Maybe there could be a rule passed Internationally to have all flags over a white Rectangular Background of a certain dimension.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3313 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 11898 times:

From what I can see, today's civilian national flags are all rectangular, with the sole exception of Nepal.
For the sake of uniformisation, and according to the type of flag required, they will fit either a 2:3 (small flags) or a 3:4 ratio, except for Qatar which seems to like flowing in the wind.

The "official" flag, meaning the first version adopted and documented as national colors, is usually not used except perhaps in official documents or in letterheads or in other printed forms (eg. stickers) or also on square banners.
(eg. as often carried by the Swiss guards at the Vatican)

The Royal Palace in Brussels sports a 3:4 flag, not the original 28:32 version.

Monaco is red up, Poland is red under.

The red thing might be the flag of the Republic of Flight in the States, in Africa it is a preservative for elephants.

Vimanav, I knew it was not from a bicycle...  Big grin but still a wheel


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