Flags That Look Like The US Flag

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When it comes to being one of the top 3 flags in the World, the US flag can be easily replicated. 

From meaning to the looks, the US flag has been voted as a top 3 flag in the world with a high chance of being the #1 flag. 

Regardless, of the meaning, there have been many countries that have taken over the traditional look of the US flag.

The US flag features 13 stripes that alternate between red and blue. These stripes represent the original 13 colonies. In the top left corner is a blue square that has 5o stars. These stars represent the 50 states of America. 

The color red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white represents purity and innocence. And blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice. 

As you might notice, everything about the US flag has been thoroughly thought out.

Robert G. Heft is the designer of the current look of the US flag. He designed it in high school as a school project and it ended up reaching congress and becoming the official flag. 

The best part is, he received a C- on the project.

Ever since the design of the US flag, there have been many, many duplicates. 

Here are the top 10 flags that look like the US flag:

Flag #1: Malaysia

The Malaysian flag is very identical to the US in terms of the design. With 13 stripes alternating between red and blue with a blue square in the top right corner, it would be hard to argue it was copying the US.

But, they did change it up a bit.

Instead of the 50 stars, they have a large crescent moon and 14-point star inside of the blue square. 

This design fits the Malaysian culture and everything they’ve fought for as a country.


Flag #2: Liberia

This flag might be the biggest duplicate. The Liberian flag has the exact same colors as the US.

Not only do the colors match but they also have the same design with stripes alternating between red and white along with the blue square in the top left corner.

The main difference is that there are 11 stripes instead of 13 stripes. And instead of 50 stars, there’s just one large white star.


Flag #3: Brittany

The flag of Brittany is similar to the US flag but also keeps its differences. 

With the only colors being black and white it can appear a little bland but also gives a mideveal appearance. 

This flag resembles the same design with the stripes and square in the top left corner. Instead of 13 stripes, there’s only 9 total. 

But the biggest difference is that instead of 50 stars there are 11 medieval-looking icons.

The 4 white stripes represent the Breton-speaking dioceses and the 5 black stripes represent the 5 French-speaking dioceses.

Flag #4: Cuba

Cuba is a flag that is very similar but kept its respect by not completely copy the US flag. 

This flag features 5 stripes that alternate between blue and white. On the left edge is a triangle with one white star in the center. 

Although it’s the same colors, it clearly wasn’t a complete copy of the US flag.

The white stripes represent the purity of ideals. And the blue stripes symbolize the three departments of Cuba. 

The single white star stands for Cuba being an independent state. The red triangle symbolizes fraternity, equality, and liberty.


Flag #5: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a flag that looks exactly like the Cuban flag but just has some colors flipped. So instead of the blue and white stripes, they have red and white. 

The triangle is blue with a white stripe.

This flag looks like the US flag because of the stripes, colors, and the star.

This flag was selected in 1895 by the exiled Puerto Rican part of the Cuban-Revolutionary-party. 

The blue represents the coastal waters and the sky. Red represents the blood spilled while fighting for their independence. 

White represents the island of Puerto Rico.


Flag #6: Togo

The Togo flag is very bright and energetic while keeping the traditional format of the US flag. They have 5 stripes along with a red square in the top left corner.

Inside of the square is a single white star.

Their colors consist of yellow, green, white, and red. The colors are derived from the Pan-African colors of Ethiopia. 

This flag is fairly new and was adopted on April 27, 1960.


Flag #7: Uruguay

Keeping the same general design with the stripes and square in the corner. The Uruguay flag has some similarities to the US.

They decided to alternate between blue and white for their stripes, but kept it different with a white square in the corner.

Inside of that square is a the sun of May which is the national symbol of both Uruguay and Argentina. Originally there were 17 stripes but a law in 1830 limited them to only 9 stripes.


Flag #8: Bikini Atoll

This flag is extremely identical to the US flag. With 13 stripes alternating between red and a blue square in the top left corner it’s very similar.

But there are some differences. Instead of 50 stars, there’s actually 23 total to represent each of their islands. 

There are also some stars onside of the stripes and the words “MEN OTEMJEJ REJ ILO BEIN ANIJ” which translates to “Everything is in the hands of God”.

Flag #9: Texas

Being apart of the US, the Texas flag has a good reason to replicate their countries flag. 

This flag has a very simple yet sleek design. They only have 2 horizontal stripes, 1 is white and the other is red. 

On the left-hand side is a vertical stripe that’s blue and has one white star in the center.

The Texas state flag was adopted in 1839 when Texas was the Republic of Texas.


Flag #10: The Grand Union

The final flag that looks like the US flag is the Grand Union Flag. It’s unclear who designed this flag but it was first raised on January 1st, 1776 near Boston.

This flag has 13 stripes that alternate between red and white. In the top left corner is a square that looks very similar to the current British flag.

The 13 stripes represent the 13 colonies of the US.

This flag carried a double message by connecting Great Britain to the unity of the American Colonies.


Final Thoughts

All in all, there are many flags that look similar to the US flag. This can easily happen after centuries of different flags eventually they’ll start to look similar.

The US flag was voted a top 3 flag with a high chance of being the #1 most famous flag in the world. With such a high ranking it’s understandable that countries will behind to adopt this design.