59 sovereign nations and several additional governmental and non-governmental organisations all use flags with star insignia. Not every country’s flag has a star for the same purpose, and its design may have different meanings depending on the culture that created it.
List of countries with stars on their flags
There are many different types of stars, from hexagrams to 24-pointed stars, that may be used in a flag’s design. On national flags, however, the five-pointed star is by far the most popular design.
Many countries’ flags have a star or stars, however, we will focus on only five that stand out:
- United States
United States Flag
The American flag has more stars than any other flag in the world. The flag has 13 rows of red and white horizontal stripes and a blue canton in the top left corner with 50 white stars on it.
The 13 stripes symbolise the original colonies, and each star represents one of the 50 states that make up the United States. In 1959, when Hawaii became the 50th state, the flag was changed for the last time.
The Brazilian flag has a vibrant green colour, and a blue globe sits in the middle of a yellow diamond. The blue globe is adorned with 27 white stars, and the white banner has the national motto.
The royal house of Braganza is represented by the green hue, whereas the house of Habsburg is represented by the yellow colour.
On November 15, 1889, when Brazil became a republic, the stars chosen to symbolise the groupings in the southern hemisphere were those visible from Rio de Janeiro in the early morning.
Eventually, they adopted the United States’ practice of using stars to designate individual states. As the number of states has grown or shrunk, so too has the flag, which was recently altered to include 21 stars. As of right now, there are 27 stars on the Brazilian flag.
The only nation whose flag has a star superimposed on a hexagram is Israel (The Star of David).
After Israel gained its independence, the star was added to the flag, which originally had a white background sandwiched between two blue horizontal stripes. The star represents Jewishness and everything it entails symbolically.
At first, only Jews in Austria, the Czech Republic, and a few regions of Germany could use it. After the 19th century, however, the star became universally recognised as a symbol of Eastern European Jewry.
Australia’s flag has six stars, five of which are seven-pointed and one of which is five-pointed. Australia’s six territories and states are represented by the large seven-pointed star known as a Federation Star that flies under the Union Jack.
Australia’s position in the Southern Hemisphere is represented by the Southern Cross constellation, which consists of four minor seven-pointed stars and a single five-pointed star.
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There is just one other nation in the world whose flag has a star with four equal sides, and that is Aruba, one of the four countries that make up the Netherlands Kingdom. Packed against a blue backdrop, the red star is outlined in white.
The red hues signify the red soil of the nation, which is surrounded by a blue sea, and the four points on the star symbolise the origin of the Aruban community. On the other hand, the star’s white points stand for innocence, truth, and sandy shores.
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