Most Americans have trouble recognising these 11 flags — can you?

ShutterstockCan you match the flag to its country?

There are 195 countries in the world, all with their own individual flags that represent a country’s history, values, and culture. But even though those sound like very personal qualities, there are dozens of countries out there with flags that look incredibly alike.

Others are simply seen less frequently, and thus harder to identify. Others again are relatively new: one flag on this list comes from a country that was only established in 2011.

Keep scrolling to see how many you can recognise.


This flag is simple — which makes it all the more difficult to identify. Do you know what country this flag hails from?

Wikimedia CommonsBlue, yellow, and red are common flag colours.

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* Hint: The country’s name is also a common boy’s name.


The answer is… Chad!

Chad’s flag is extremely similar to Romania’s – so much so that Chad’s president has expressed concern to the UN about it. Romania’s response? “The tricolor belongs to us. We will not give up the tricolor.”


This flag belongs to one of the smallest countries in the world — do you recognise it?

Wikimedia CommonsThe crown should be a giveaway.

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Hint: it belongs to the only country that’s located completely within the Alps.


And the answer is… Liechtenstein!

Liechtenstein is tiny – only 62 square miles. In 2011 you could even rent the entire country for $US70,000 a night.


This flag depicts a giant AK-47. It’s one of only three flags in the world to showcase a firearm.

Wikimedia CommonsThe AK-47 should be a giveaway.

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Hint: The country is in Africa.


It’s… Mozambique’s flag! Did you get it?

Stig Nygaard/FlickrThis looks peaceful, especially for a country with a gun on their flag.

The gun represents the country’s fight for independence from Portugal, which it won in 1975.


This looks like the emblem of Star Fleet in “Star Trek,” but it’s actually the flag of an island nation. Do you recognise it?

WikipediaThe stunning blue colour is a hint.

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Hint: The Caribbean country shares a name with a band.


That Star Fleet badge actually represents Saint Lucia.

Inga Locmele/ShuttershockSaint Lucia, an island nation in the Caribbean.

Saint Lucia is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. And the band St. Lucia isn’t too shabby either.


This dragon’s design is a hint as to what region of the world this country is in.

Wikimedia CommonsIt looks straight out of a colouring book.

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Hint: Still stumped? The country’s name starts with a B.


It’s… the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan!

MC_Noppadol / ShutterstockTiger’s Nest in Bhutan.

Bhutan sits on the Himalayas’ eastern edge. The flag’s design is a reference to what “Bhutan” translates to – “Land of the Thunder Dragon.”


You might think you know this one, but beware. This flag looks extremely similar to two other fellow South American countries.

Wikimedia CommonsThe coat of arms should be a clue.

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Hint: This country’s name derives from what part of the world it’s near.


It’s Ecuador’s flag! Which is named for its proximity to the equator.

ShutterstockThe city of Quito.

The two other countries the Ecuadorian flag resembles are Colombia and Venezuela.


The parrot on this flag is only found in this country.

Wikimedia CommonsThe purple parrot is this country’s national bird.

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Hint: This country’s name is very similar to another country’s – they are often confused.


The answer is… Dominica! Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic.

ShutterstockDominica is located in the West Indies.

The parrot depicted on the flag is the Imperial Amazon parrot, which is only found on the island of Dominica, which is why it’s their national bird.


This flag has a lot going on.

Wikimedia CommonsThe flag features a shield and spears.

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Hint: This country gained independence from Britain 50 years ago.


It belongs to Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa.

In June of 2018 the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Swaziland will be changing its name to Eswatini.


This flag is literally identical to another country’s flag.

Wikimedia CommonsSimple is key.

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Hint: The country is also a city-state.


The answer is… Monaco!

Veniamin Kraskov/ShutterstockA harbour in Monaco.

Monaco’s flag is identical to Indonesia’s flag.


This flag belongs to the newest country in the world.

Wikimedia CommonsThis country is very new.

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Hint: It gained independence in 2011.


It’s South Sudan, which was established in 2011 when it declared independence from Sudan.

Getty Images/Spencer PlattFlying the flag in South Sudan.

Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous countries in the world.


This flag is unique, to say the least.

Wikimedia CommonsThe limbs are representative of this region’s shape.

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Hint: This flag actually belongs to a region, not an entire country.


The answer is Sicily, the southern region of Italy.

Roberto La Rosa/ShutterstockCala Rossa in Sicily, Italy.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and autonomous.

The flag depicts the head of Medusa and three ears of wheat. The three legs are said to represent the three points of the island, which is triangular in shape.

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