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Global Information: Flags of the World
Flags are an important status symbol for countries and regions to define boundaries and territorial areas. They are often constructed using historical information about a particular country or region or its geographical elements. Some are extremely similar, with just slight variations in some cases. Other flags are completely unique. France, Russia, Luxembourg are examples of rectangular flags with similar colours and patterns to one another. The Nepalese flag is an example of an unusual shape of flag, in the form of two triangles joined together. Flags have no set dimensions to which they should adhere although arguably the majority of flags are in proportion to one another.

The largest flag ever to be displayed was a flag of the USA in 1996. It was stretched across the Hoover Dam in order to commemorate the Olympic torch relay. The flag measured 78m tall by 154m wide. There is also a large flag on the border of North and South Korea in the DMZ on the North Korean side. It is a flag of North Korea and measures 30m in length. The most popular colour to depicted on any one flag is red as it is found on 74% of the world's flags today. White appears on 71% and blue 50% of the total world's flags.

Vexillology is the study of flags. There are organisations you can join throughout the world and most can be accessed via the internet.

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