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World game: flags in order - everything on red

Red is the most popular flag color worldwide. The color appears in around three quarters of the most populous countries. But Nepal has the most individual flag. The info graphic reveals why

National flags of the 100 most populous countries in the world, arranged according to colors and shapes: the tidy world of flags shows plenty of red on all continents. Just before white, red is the most popular of all flag colors and appears in almost three quarters of all national flags worldwide - blue in at least half. From the middle of the 20th century, green caught up enormously thanks to the wave of independence in Africa: More than 80 percent of all African countries have green in their flags, around 44 percent worldwide. Incidentally, the multicolor world record is held by the twelve-color wonder of Belize.

Popular symbols (multi-colored ones are missing in our graphic) are plants, such as the maple leaf in Canada (1), and animals, such as the steppe eagle under the golden sun in Kazakhstan (2). Weapons are also particularly common - from machetes (Angola, 3) to swords (Sri Lanka, 4, and Saudi Arabia, 5) to Kalashnikovs (Mozambique, 6). And then of course the omnipresent celestial bodies: sickle moons, rising suns, multi-pointed stars up to the complete star constellation on the flag of Brazil (7), which depicts the starry sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of the founding of the republic on November 15, 1889.

Probably the most individual national flag belongs to Nepal, which with the sun, moon and star on red-white-blue flags in color and symbolically with the mass - but has the only non-rectangular state flag in the world: the double pennant (8) is intended to direct the viewer to the mountain peaks of the Remember Himalaya.

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