The world’s strangest flags and why we love them

National flags are meant to distill the core values of a country. They don’t always get it right but we love them all the same. Is your favourite amongst them?

Team Wanderlust
22 December 2020

1. Guam

The only flag in the world designed to look like a really tacky souvenir t-shirt.

National flag of Guam (Shutterstock)

2. Kyrgyzstan

The only flag in the world featuring a flaming Pétanque ball.

National flag of Kyrgyzstan (Shutterstock)

3. Central African Republic

The only flag in the world made from Cuisenaire rods.

National flag of Central African Republic (

4. Northern Marianas Islands

The only flag in the world featuring clip art. And a mysterious hooded person turning their back on the world.

National flag of Northern Marianas Islands (Shutterstock)

5. Mozambique

The only flag in the world to feature a hoe, an AK-47 and a book – the building blocks of any nation.

National flag of Mozambique (Shutterstock)

6. Bermuda

The only flag in the world to feature a sinking ship.

National flag of Bermuda (Shutterstock)

7. Dominica

All hail the purple parrot!

National flag of Dominica (Shutterstock)

Now here are Wanderlust’s favourite flags. And why…

St Lucia

Because it looks like the Star Fleet emblem – Heidi Hodgkins.

National flag of St Lucia (Shutterstock)


Because the maple leaf reminds me of maple syrup which in turn reminds me of PANCAKES – Alex Gregg.

National flag of Canada (Shutterstock)


Because it has a dragon on it. How kick-ass is that?! – Phoebe Smith.

National flag of Wales (Shutterstock)


As designer I’m drawn by the strong graphic appearance of the black double-headed eagle on the red background. Who am I kidding? I like this flag as it reminds me of the mythical liver bird that appears in Liverpool FC’s emblem – Graham Berridge.

National flag of Albania (Shutterstock)


Because I think this dragon would beat Wales in a fight….it has got magic orbs!!! – Kevin Rawlins.

National flag of Bhutan (Shutterstock)
Now test your flag knowledge with the world’s trickiest flag quiz

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