Fun Facts about Obscure Flags: Quiz

The study of flags is called vexillology. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a vexillologist to learn some fun facts about obscure flags.

Flags were first used in the military, both as a way of inspiring morale in troops and simply helping the soldiers know who was a friend and who was an enemy. A country’s national flag has become an important piece of its identity. Thankfully, however, they are now more commonly seen during sporting events than on the battlefield.

Guess the flag

No doubt you’re a pretty smart reader who knows a thing or two about flags from around the world. So this isn’t an easy quiz. Test your knowledge of obscure flags and learn a thing or two along the way.

1. Let’s start with a simple one to get your warmed up. This country’s flag is the oldest currently in use, having been designed in 1219. Who does it belong to?

Denmark flag


2. Which country has the only national flag to feature human beings?

Belize flag

3. Is this the national flag of Romania or Chad?

Romania and Chad flag

4. The flag on the left is the usual flag of the Philippines. However, when might you see the version on the right flying instead?

Phillipines flags

5. The Union Jack is one of the world’s most recognisable flags. But can you name these four countries who feature it in their own flags?

Flags with Union Jacks

6. Many countries used to feature the Union Jack, but no longer do. In fact, Fiji have voted to change their flag, and New Zealand are having a referendum in 2016 to decide whether they change their flag. Can you name which Commonwealth country used this flag until 1965, when they adopted their current version?

Canada old flag

7. Which is the only national flag to feature a modern rifle? (An AK47.)

Mozambique flag

8. Can you name the two national flags that are square shaped?

Switzerland and Vatican City flags

9. Now can you tell us the only country who doesn’t have a rectangular (or square) flag? Here’s a clue, it looks like this:

Nepal flag

10. Last but not least: this is the flag of Nauru. But what does the flag's design represent?

Nauru flag

You can find the answers by looking at our answer key. How did you get on? Let us know in the comments below.

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