I’m no separatist - but LOOK at all those flags!
Canada didn’t have an official national flag until 15th February, 1965 and choosing one caused a huge divide in both public and political opinions. 
To end the heated debate around what the new flag should like look like, a special flag committee was called, with just 6 weeks to find a new design.
The committee dusted invited ordinary citizens to submit their vision of a brand new flag. Of the total 3,541 submissions, 2,136 bore maple leaves, 408 the Union Jack, 389 had a beaver, and 359 contained fleurs-de-lys. (Some managed to work in all four.)
Yes - one cutting edge designer even managed to incorporate the Beatles into their vision!Read the full post about Canada’s flag and view 11 reject design proposals here

Country: Sri Lanka
Used Since: 1950
Fun Fact: There is a great wealth of symbolism in every tiny aspect of this flag. Here are a few of the highlights:- The Lion represents the strength and braveness of the Sri Lankan nation.- The vertical orange stripe represents Sri Lanka’s Tamil people.- The vertical green stripe  represents the Muslim faith and the nation’s Moor people.- The yellow border around the flag symbioses people from all cultures living together in Sri Lanka (including some Dutch burghers and Portuguese!)
Flag: Buddhist flag
Used Since: 1885
Fun Fact: The six vertical bands of the flag represent the six colors of the aura which Buddhists believe emanated from the body of the Buddha when he attained Enlightenment:
- Blue: Loving kindness, peace and universal compassion- Yellow: The Middle Path - avoiding extremes, emptiness- Red: The blessings of practice - achievement, wisdom, virtue, fortune and dignity-White: The purity of Dharma – leading to liberation, outside of time or space- 
Orange: The Buddha’s teachings – wisdom
The sixth vertical band represents a compound of the five colours  and is referred to as Pabbhassara (‘essence of light’).

This flag fact was inspired by the wonderful Buddhist flag I was bought as a gift from my other half upon returning from Sri Lanka.

Region: Flanders
Used Since: 1973
Fun Fact: The flag of Flanders proudly displays the Vlaamse Leeuw (“Flemish Lion”). The Lion is in fact the animal that appears most on flags around the world!This flag fact was inspired by this episode of The Big Bang Theory!
My better half stumbled upon this today.
It’s pretty much a Vexillophile’s dream.
Now politics does not usually play a part in this blog, that’s for elsewhere - but in all of this talk of Scottish independence, I can’t help but wonder what might happen to the United Kingdom’s Union Jack.
In the February 2012 edition of Spectator Magazine, Nick Groom (professor in English at Exeter University and author of “The Union Jack”) attempted to explain why the UK will keep it’s flag:
What happens to the Union Jack if Scotland regains independence?
If Scotland leaves the Union, will the saltire of St Andrew (the diagonal white cross and blue background) be removed from the Union Jack?
Absolutely not. The Union Jack is not a simplistic statement about the territories that form the United Kingdom—not least because it appears to overlook Wales. Rather it is a complex symbol that describes the history and compromises over centuries of international relations. In 1606, James VI ordered the design of the first “Union Flag” (pedants call it this still, but since the 17th century it has been commonly known as the “Union Jack,” the name endorsed by Parliament).
The Union Jack is already anomalous as the red diagonal cross of St Patrick is in the design. Northern Ireland, though a Union province, is not a separate kingdom and so should not have this separate status on the flag. This is partly because Éire did not adopt the cross of St Patrick as its national flag in 1937, preferring to hoist the tricolour. The Union Jack also appears on dozens of ensigns and specialist flags. At the least this ubiquity will ensure its preservation. Four other countries also fly the Union Jack on their national flags: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tuvalu.
Scottish independence does not entail republicanism. An independent Scotland would remain part of the Commonwealth on the model of Australia or Canada. The current British sovereign would remain monarch, as James IV’s heir. And 400 years-plus of unionism that have forged Britain, would not be wiped out.
The symbol of that union, the Union Jack, will continue to fly over Westminster.

Country: Nepal
Used Since: 16th December 1962
Fun Fact: The national flag of Nepal is the world’s only national flag that is non-quadrilateral in shape. Its crimson red is the colour of the rhododendron, the country’s national flower, but also is acknowledged as representing victory in war. The blue border represents peace.

Country: Portugal
Used Since: 30th June 1911
Fun Fact: The Portuguese flag displays three important symbols: the field colours, and the armillary sphere and national shield (which together make up the country’s coat of arms). The colours of the flag represent the hope of the nation (green) and the blood (red). The armillary sphere was an important astronomical and navigational instrument for the  Portuguese sailors who ventured into unknown seas. The seven castles in the flag’s shield are traditionally considered a symbol of the Portuguese victories over their Moorish enemies, under Afonso III, who supposedly captured seven enemy fortresses in the course of his conquest of the Algarve
Love flags? Love info-graphics? Then this set of factually correct (checked by Amnesty International info-flags from Portugal’s Grande Reportagem magazine should be right up your street!
Country: Norway
Used Since: 13th July 1821
Fun Fact: Until 1838 the Norwegian flag was only used in Northern waters, as Norway had no treaty with the Barbary pirates of North Africa and had to fly the Swedish or union flag for protection. Most recently, the Norwegian flag has been heralded as an international symbol of strength and unity in the face of great adversity.
Country: The Republic of South Sudan
Used Since: 9th July 2011
Fun Fact: The colours are said to represent the South Sudanese people (black), peace (white), the blood shed for freedom (red), the land (green) and the waters of the Nile (blue). The gold star, the Star of Bethlehem, represents unity of the states of South Sudan.
Region: Sámi people: The indigenous nation of the Nordic countries
Used Since: 1986 (in current form)
Fun fact: In 2003, the Sámi flag received official status in Norway, the country  with the largest Sámi population. It is now compulsory for  municipalities in Norway to fly the flag on February 6, the Sámi National Day.
I seem to have stumbled upon a disproportionately higher number of flag-food images than usual this week. Not that I’m complaining!
Feat your eyes on these! (Pun intended)

Flags!!! :D Yummi