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Flags of the World

World history and world flags are of interest to me and I thought others may find the map shown in Figure 1 to be useful—it is a compilation of many of the world's flags with well over 800 states (countries, nations) and administrative divisions (states, provinces, territories, areas, districts, and the occasional city) represented. Enjoy, and click it to enlarge it. Please note, it is almost impossible to arrange all the flags in the world in close-to-correct proximity without some distortion. Islands and larger countries have the fortune of having more room to draw the flags while regions such as the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East are significantly more dense. I have also added some non-national flags for interest. Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions. I have updated the flag for Syria to reflect the current reality. Where room allows, I have included provincial, state, or department flags, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and Micronesia. In other cases, some of the sub-national flags are shown, including Russia, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Ecuador, South Africa, Botswana, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Spain, Portugal, and a few others. In some cases (e.g., China and India), countries do not permit states to have separate flags and thus none are displayed even though it appears room is available. The islands of the Caribbean swing out into the Atlantic so that the relative order of the islands is preserved while still having flags that are visible. If you think it is possible to include additional flags, please let me know.

World with state and administrative divisional flags
Figure 1. Flags of the World (click to enlarge).

Note: Any corrections or recommendations or suggestions that are acted upon will result in your name being added to the list of acknowledgments at the bottom of the poster (that is, if you wish). Please e-mail me if you have any such comments at dwharder@alumni.uwaterloo.ca.

The source for the flags is the Flags of the World website and the source of the map image is the Wikipedia copy of the CIA World Factbook Political World Map.