See if you can identify these 11 flags that most Americans have trouble recognising

ShutterstockCan you match the flag to its country?
  • There 195 countries in the world – it makes sense that you might not know every single flag there is.
  • These 11 flags are especially difficult, however.
  • One country’s flag shows a giant dragon, while another’s resembles the logo of “Star Trek’s” Starfleet.
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There are 195 countries in the world, all with their own individual flags that represent their 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 they’re 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?

Public domainBlue, 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!

Kyle de Nobrega/AP ImagesA rhino in Zakouma National Park, Chad, Central Africa.

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?

Public domainThe 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!

Arno Balzarini/AP ImagesThe Alps in 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.

Public domainThe AK-47 should be a giveaway.

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Hint: The country is in Africa.


It’s … Mozambique’s flag!

Mario Franco/Getty ImagesA dirt road in Mozambique.

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?

Public domainThe 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.


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

Public domainIt 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.

Public domainThe 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.

Public domainThe 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.

Public domainThe flag features a shield and spears.

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


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

Themba Hadebe/APSwaziland.

In June 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.

Public domainSimple 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.

Public domainThis 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.

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesFlying 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.

Public domainThe 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.

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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