Although the Belgium flag definitely isn’t the most unique flag in the world, it does have a strong history. It was officially adopted in 1831 after Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands in 1830.
The Belgium national flag consists of three vertical colored panels with no other designs or decorations. The black color represents the shield, gold stands for the lion, and red represents the lion’s claws and tongue. These representations become clear when you see the state ensign, which includes a lion rampant wearing a crown. More historically, the colors were first used to represent the red lion of Hainaut, Limburg and Luxembourg, the yellow lion of Brabant, and the black lion of Flanders and Namur.
The direction of the stripes was chosen to further distinguish the Belgium national flag from the Dutch flag, whose three colors run horizontally.
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