Some things about flags

I was reading a new book by Dmytro Dubilet. Here are some interesting facts I found worth sharing.

1 – Nepal
The national flag of Nepal is the world’s only non-rectangular flag.

By the way, the Nepal time zone is unusual, too. Their UTC+05:45 is one of only three time zones with a 45-minute offset from UTC.

2 – The UN and the Nuremberg Trials
The flag of the United Nations was designed by Donal McLaughlin, an American architect. Interestingly, it was his team that created the design for the courtroom used in the Nuremberg Trials as well as the visual displays that were used by the prosecution that helped obtain convictions of Nazi war criminals.

3 – Hawaii
The flag of Hawaii is the only US state flag to include a foreign country’s national flag. The inclusion of the Union Jack of the United Kingdom is a mark of the Royal Navy’s historical relations with the Hawaiian Kingdom.

4 – Ethiopia and the Star of David
The flag of Ethiopia contains a star very much resembling the jewish Star of David.

The reason behind is quite vague. Ethiopia is one of the two African countries which have never been colonized, alongside with Liberia. Since the XIII century the Ethiopian Empire was ruled by a dynasty the members of which claim lineal descent from the biblical King Solomon. Hence, the resemblance with the symbol of Judaism.

5 – Côte d’Ivoire
Not related to flags, but also interesting: the largest catholic church is situated in Côte d’Ivoire, a country located on the southern coast of West Africa.

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