Although the Austria flag doesn’t seem unique at first glance, its history makes it especially meaningful to the people of Austria. As the second-oldest flag in the world, it has been used as long ago as 1230, thanks to Duke Friedrich II, who wanted Austria to become more independent from the Roman Empire. More recently, the flag became the official representation of the Austrian people in 1918.
Every Austrian flag contains two red bands of color with a white band in between. The red and white pattern on the Austrian Flag is supposed to be symbolic of the bloodstained white coat worn by the Duke of Austria during battle. However, the colors and arrangement also have deep roots to Austrian Dukes and other influential families in Austria’s history.
A variant of the Austria national flag exists that depicts a coat of arms in the center of the flag.
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