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Dutch flags and interesting things to know

The Netherlands, like any other country, has a national flag. The Dutch flag (a horizontal tricolor of red, white, and blue) is probably familiar, but how much do you know about its significance and history? And did you know each Dutch city has its flag, like Amsterdam or Maastricht?

The Dutch Flag’s History and Evolution

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dutch-flag

The Netherlands flag evolved from the original “Prince’s Flag,” which was designed in the aftermath of the Prince of Orange’s military victory in 1572. However, the Netherlands flag was changed to the current tricolor version when it was realized that it would be more visible at sea.

The Dutch flag is the world’s oldest tricolor, beating out France, Italy, and Ireland, among others.

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Flags of countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Although the Dutch Empire is no longer in existence, some foreign countries continue to be ruled by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The flags of Aruba, Sint Maarten, and Curaçao are shown below.

Aruba-flag
Aruba-flag
Sint-Maarten-flag
Sint-Maarten-flag
Curaçao-flag
Curaçao-flag

Municipal flags in the Netherlands

Each municipality in the Netherlands has its own flag. Most people are familiar with Amsterdam’s flag, the iconic “triple x.”

Amsterdam-flag
Amsterdam-flag

Other Dutch municipal flags, however, are less well-known, such as Maastricht’s flag, which features a simple white star against a red background.

Maastricht-flag
Maastricht-flag

5 Interesting Facts About The flag of the Netherlands

  • The flag of the Netherlands is very similar to the flags of Luxembourg and France.
  • Although the orange was long ago replaced, it is still proudly worn during soccer matches, King’s Day, and many other festivals.
  • Aside from the Netherlands flag, other Dutch symbols representing the country include the tulip, wooden clogs, lion, windmills, and bicycles.
  • The other countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands have their own flags.
  • The Dutch flag is not permitted to be flown anywhere.

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The Dutch flag in modern use

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kingsday-netherlands-flag

The Dutch flag is still flown at major national events today. For example, it is frequently seen at formal political events and is ubiquitous at royal events. This flag is also displayed at sporting events, particularly football matches and prestigious international competitions such as the Olympics. The national flag appears to be planted on every house, street, and face in the Netherlands during the annual King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) celebrations.

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