Flag of Canada

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Vexillological symbol:
National flag on land, merchant and service flag at sea
9.970.610 km²
North America, Central America
English 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), other 17.5%
Canadian dollar (CAD)
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Background knowledge

The national flag is described as "a red maple leaf on a silver Canadian stake, with supported Red" is the white pile a square central band in the three-lane flag, the adjacent red stripes are exactly half the width of the white box. Therefore, in the Canadian flag not to speak of a red-white-red tricolor. The width of the flag is twice the height.

On the white box, 11-jagged, red sugar maple leaf is depicted. The eleven points of the maple leaf do not match the original in nature, which has 23 teeth. Nevertheless, the number has no special symbolic meaning, it is not so for the number of provinces and all the territories such as the Commonwealth star on the flag of Australia. On some early examples of the Canadian flag maple leaves were imaged with 13 or 15 points. Using today's form has been determined by different design options were tested in a wind tunnel to determine which option looks in strong winds most aesthetically.

The two red areas on the left and right respectively symbolize the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The color white symbolizes the arctic snow. Red should also remember the fallen Canadian soldiers in the First World War - Canadian Red is much older and is derived from the British Red Ensign of the 17th Century from.

Text courtesy of Flaggenlexikon.de

Three vertical stripes (red, white, red) with a red maple leaf on the white stripe.


Composer: Calixa Lavallée Songwriter: Adolphe-Basile Routhier (französisch), Robert Stanley Weir (englisch)

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