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HAWK21M
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Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:45 am

Apart from Nepal & Switzerland,All National Flags are Rectangular in shape.
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:54 am

Switzerland not rectangular ?

Btw, why does the Indian flag sport a bicycle wheel in its middle ?
 
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:33 am

Switzerland's flag is square.


The oddest one for me is Libya.
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:04 am

Ask Greenland about that..
 
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:07 am

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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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:30 am

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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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:03 am

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.

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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:21 am

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.


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

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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:40 am

Did you all forget about Nepal?

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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:43 am

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



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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:44 am

No the questioner didn't
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:48 am

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


Ah dammit. I need to read closer next time!
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:52 am

Isn't San Marino's kind of stubbish?
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:06 am

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.

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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:06 am

The Official Flag of the Republic of Flight

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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:13 am

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.
 
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Fri Jan 28, 2005 3:42 pm

Maybe there could be a rule passed Internationally to have all flags over a white Rectangular Background of a certain dimension.
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RE: Odd Shaped National Flags

Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:34 pm

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.

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