Flags of the World

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In addition to this Sunday being Father's Day, Saturday June 14th is Flag Day. In honor of Flag Day, here are some great resources to learn more about flags and national symbols across the world.

Reference Books:

  • Complete Flags of the World - For descriptions of American state and overseas territory flags, Canadian provincial flags, and the symbolism behind colors and emblems on flags across the world, this resource is a must see.
  • The Complete Guide to National Symbols and Emblems - In addition to descriptions of all the national flags of the world, you can also learn about national seals/coats of arms, anthems, emblems, colors, trees, animals, and significant events that helped shape national identity.
  • The World Encyclopedia of Flags - This is a great resource to find anything from the origin and development of flags to flag families, as well as select flags ranging from international organizations to local municipalities.

Databases:

  • CultureGrams -  You may also want to check out this reference database if you have a particular country, state or province in mind, which provides quick facts about each geographical entity, detailed reports, and even a feature to listen to national anthems. There are World, States, Provinces, and Kids editions, each uniquely tailored to provide a wealth of information.
  • Facts On File World Geography & Culture  - For quick access to national flags, under the Resources tab, you can select Maps and Flags and view all national flags by country name in alphabetical order and limit the View by Type to Flag. On another note, this resources has a cool feature where you can compare various statistics by counties and states also under the Resources tab, such as electricity consumption, GDP, and natural gas production.
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations  - Here is a database that not only provides the national flags of each country but also more in-depth information including monetary units, national holidays, climate, languages, religion, and science and technology to name a few. After selecting the Table of Contents tab, under Choose a Volume, you can select either the United Nations, Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, or Europe to browse by country.

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So in addition to celebrating any father figure in your life, come check out all the wonderful resources the UA Reference Department has to offer on flags and the nations of the world!

*Note: Database hyperlinks open in a new window. Book cover photo from Amazon.com.