Can You Match the Naval Flag to the Country?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Naval ensigns or flags are proudly flown by military ships so everyone can know which country they are from. The naval ensign is sometimes known as the country's war ensign, but there are cases in which the two are different.

Some are really very easy to spot since they are the same or very similar to their country's national flag. So, if you know those, you've already got a few of these quiz items beat! Others might be pretty tough, however, as they are completely different from the national flag of the country they represent. Good luck with those - they'll be brain-bustin' fun!

There are several countries which stray away from the typical quadrilateral (rectangle or square) design and go with forked or swallowtail shapes instead. A few of them are neighbors up north and they share a common, rich maritime heritage. Think we've said enough for you to figure out which ones they are? Start the quiz and show us that your deductive reasoning skill is worth its salt!

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Australia, the island continent, is the sixth-largest country in terms of its total area. In terms of population, however, Australia currently ranks at number 53 among the countries of the world.

The 700 islands, cays and islets which make up the Bahamas are located to the southeast of the US state of Florida and to the north of the Caribbean region. The cross which divides the naval ensign of the Bahamas is found on several other national naval ensigns.

The United States of America is one of several countries which uses their national flag as part of the naval ensign. Others include both Mexico and South Korea, although those two countries have variant flags which can be used as well.

Although generally thought of as a northeast African country, Egypt is actually a transcontinental country since it forms a land bridge between Africa and Asia. That land bridge is the Sanai Peninsula, which is the only part of Egypt located on the Asian continent.

South Africa is the world’s 25th-largest country by land area and the 24th-largest in terms of population. It is the southernmost country in the Eastern Hemisphere.

At first glance, you might think the French naval ensign is identical to the French national flag. It isn’t – the ensign has the colors in different proportions with the red being widest of the three. This makes the flag more visible out on the open waters.

The Star of David which appears on Israel’s naval ensign is also featured on the country’s national flag. The symbol is believed to have originated in Prague and has been a part of Jewish tradition for centuries.

The crescent and five stars found in the top left corner of the naval ensign of Singapore can also be found in almost the same position on the country’s national flag. The other symbol on the ensign is meant to represent an 8-point mariner’s compass.

The national flag of the United Kingdom is known as the Union Jack or the Union Flag. It is represented on the country’s naval ensign and on the ensign of several other countries which were once British colonies.

It is believed that human presence in Germany dates back more than 600,000 years. In fact, the oldest complete hunting weapons ever discovered are wooden javelins found in the northwest region of the country.

The Swedish naval flag is a forked design which is also used by several other countries. These include its neighbors Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

Japan’s naval ensign varies slightly from the design on the country’s war flag. Both feature a red circle with 16 red rays coming from it, set in what is referred to as a Seimens star formation.

The naval ensign of the Russian Federation is very different from the country’s national flag. The blue cross it uses, however, has been a feature on several flags throughout the country’s history.

The New Zealand naval ensign is nearly identical to its national flag, with the difference being that it features a white background instead of blue. Both flags are very similar to the national and naval flags of Australia.

Libya’s naval flag bears a representation of the country’s national flag in the top left corner. The blue background and anchor which it also features are a reference to its use on maritime vessels.

Canada is the world’s second largest country in terms of area but only the 38th most populous, at this time. Currently, the magnetic North Pole lies inside Canada, but scientific study shows that in years to come it will shift to a location in Siberia.

The colors within Italy’s national flag (The Tricolore) are known officially as fern green, bright white and flame scarlet. They appear the same on the naval ensign with the inclusion of an emblem in the center of the white stripe.

The pattern of alternating green and red triangles along the border of the Hungarian naval ensign is one which can be seen repeated on several other flags used by the county. The flag also includes the country’s coat of arms placed toward the left side.

Ghana was originally given the name British Gold Coast in the 1900s. Its current name is taken from an African language of the region and translates to “Warrior King.”

Jordan is home to what is considered by some to be one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. The ancient Jordanian city of Petra, also known as The Rose City, is well-known for its unique architectural designs carved directly into rock face.

The Kingdom of Morocco is also known as “The Western Kingdom.” The word Morocco translates to “place the sun sets” or “west.”

The Austrian naval flag is the same as the country’s national flag. There is a variation of the flag which bears the country’s coat of arms in the center.

India has more than 1.2 billion people, making it the second-most populous country, at present, after China. In terms of area, it is the 7th largest country in the world.

Vietnam’s naval flag is very different in color and design from its national flag. This S-shaped country is the world’s second largest producer of coffee, after Brazil.

Out of all the countries in the world, Norway has the highest concentration of fjords. These long, narrow, steep-sided inlets are formed by glaciers over millions of years.

Nigeria is the most populous country on the Africa continent. Its population includes over 500 ethnic groups speaking over 500 ethnic languages.

Iceland is also known as “The Land of Fire and Ice.” The country has over 125 volcanoes, a small number of which are still active. Iceland also has a large covering of glaciers.

Jamaica’s bobsleigh team made it the first tropical country to take part in the IOC Winter Olympics (1988). It was also the first English-speaking Caribbean country to go to the FIFA World Cup of Football (1998). Furthermore, the country is home to the world’s fastest man, currently – Usain Bolt.

Brazil is the 5th-largest country in the world; as well as the largest country in South America and Latin America. Brazil is also the largest country with Portuguese as its official language and the only country in the Americas to have Portuguese as the official language.

The design of the Belgian naval flag is very different from the country’s national flag. Both flags, however, have the black, red and yellow colors in common.

The naval flag of Pakistan looks identical the larger portion of the country’s national flag. The green on both flags is officially known as Pakistan Green.

China is the world’s most populous country and the second largest country in terms of land area. The symbols beside the star on China’s naval flag represent an 8 and a 1. They are a reminder of the day on which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was established in China (August 1, 1927).

The Polish language is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It has very complex system of grammar, pronunciation and spelling.

Kenya’s naval flag is one of many to feature a representation of its country’s national flag in the top left corner. It is also one of those which contains an anchor in reference to its use on maritime vessels.

A very interesting fact about Denmark is that the country consistently ranks very high on the United Nations World Happiness Report – making it to number one on several occasions. Another notable fact about this country is that it has no mountains.

Sri Lanka’s shape and location have given rise to two other names by which it is known. They are “Teardrop of India” and “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

Mexico has the highest population of any Spanish-speaking country in the world. When compared with other countries in the Americas, Mexico has the most locations recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Guyana is located in a region known as The Guianas (or The Guayanas). The region also includes French Guiana, Suriname and some locations in both Venezuela and Brazil.

Finland holds the world record for the most lakes and islands. It has over 180,000 lakes and more than 179,000 islands.

Thailand’s official name is the Kingdom of Thailand. It was previously known as Siam. The Siamese cat is an Asian breed of cat which is native to Thailand.

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