Flags of Asia

This is a gallery of international and national flags used in Asia.

A map of Asia with national flags, excluding dependent territories and partially recognized states

Supranational and international flagsEdit

An incomplete list of flags representing intra-Asian international and supranational organisations, which omits intercontinental organisations such as the United Nations:

Flag Date Use Description
  1945 – Flag of the Arab League The flag of the League of the Arabic States States is two olive branches and 22 chain-links encircling a crescent and the full names of the organisation (written in Arabic).

The Arab League is an organization made up of countries in the Arab world in Northern Africa and Southwest Asia. Most, though not all of these countries use Arabic as their official language and concreted on Mediterranean sea, and Arabian sea countries. The purpose is to find ways for the countries to have unity and to work together to solve their problems.

1997 – Flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations The flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is blue with the emblem of the organisation in the center.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an international organization.

In August 1967, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines formed the ASEAN. At that time, communism was growing in Vietnam, and these five countries were also facing problems inside their own countries. Nowadays ASEAN consists of ten countries, the latter and Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myammar.

  1991 – Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States The flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States is blue with the emblem of the organisation in the centre.In December 1991, leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine met at the nature reserve called Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus.`
  1981 – Flag of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Originally (and still colloquially) known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC; Arabic: مجلس التعاون الخليجي), is a regional, intergovernmental political and economic union that consists of five Arabian peninsula countries except Yemen.
1985 – Flag of Economic Cooperation Organization The Economic Cooperation Organization or ECO is an Asian political and economic intergovernmental organization which was founded in 1985 in Tehran by the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Pakistan. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade and investment opportunities.`
  2011 – Flag of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation The flag of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is white with a green crescent and globe, with the Kaaba at the center of the globe. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is an international group. It has over 55` member states. The organisation tries to be the voice of the Muslim world. They try to safeguard the interests and the progress and well-being of Muslims.
  1960 – Flag of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries The Flag of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is a blue background with the acronym 'OPEC' in stylized white lettering.OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is an international organization. Since 1965, the headquarters of OPEC has been in Vienna, Austria. OPEC was established in September 1960 in Baghdad, IRAQ.
  2012 – Flag of the Organization of Turkic States

Flags of Asian sovereign statesEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1997 – 2001-2021 – Flag of Afghanistan Islamic Emirate: Readopted in 2021, the Shahada in black on a white background.

Islamic Republic: The black represents its troubled 19th century history, the red color represents the blood of those who fought for independence (specifically, the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919), and the green represents hope and prosperity for the future. The emblem of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is situated in the center of the flag. Still internationally recognized as the flag of Afghanistan.

  1918 – 1920
1991 –
Flag of Armenia[a]
See also: List of Armenian flags
After gaining independence, the First Republic of Armenia adopted the modern Armenian tricolor. The independent Armenian government selected the colours used during the last period of Rubenid Dynasty, red, blue and yellow. The Red emblematizes the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people's continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Christian faith, Armenia's independence and freedom. The Blue emblematizes the will of the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies. The Orange emblematizes the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people of Armenia.
  1918 – 1920
1991 –
Flag of Azerbaijan[a]
See also: List of Azerbaijani flags
Originally adopted in 1918 as a flag of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, was officially adopted again in 1991, after Azerbaijan gained its independence.

The flag of Azerbaijan is the national ensign of Azerbaijan. It consists of three equal horizontal bands colored blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star are centered in the red band. The blue band refers to Turkic heritage, the red is for progress and the green refers to Islam.

  2002 – Flag of Bahrain Adopted in February 2002, the flag of Bahrain consists of a white band on the hoist, with red on the right. They are separated by five triangles forming a serrated line.
  1972 – Flag of Bangladesh
See also: List of Bangladeshi flags
Adopted in January 1972, the flag of Bangladesh consists of a slightly off-center red disc over a green field.
  1969 – Flag of Bhutan Adopted in 1969, the flag of Bhutan consists of a diagonally-divided field, the upper left yellow and the lower right orange. Along the diagonal line is a white dragon, the Druk (Thunder Dragon), holding jewels in its claws.
  1959 – Flag of Brunei Adopted in September 1959, the flag of Brunei consists of a yellow field divided by diagonal black and white stripes; superimposed over it is Brunei's crest, featuring a crescent facing upwards surrounded by hands and a parasol, all in red.
  1948 – 1970
1993 –
Flag of Cambodia
See also: List of Cambodian flags
Adopted in 1993 and previously used between 1948 and 1970, the flag of Cambodia consists of a horizontal tricolor of blue, red (double width) and blue, with a white depiction of Angkor Wat in the center of the red band.
  1949 – Flag of China
See also: List of Chinese flags
Adopted in September 1949, the flag of China consists of a red field with five gold stars in the canton; one large star is surrounded by four smaller stars surrounded in a semicircle and set off towards the fly.
  1960 – Flag of Cyprus[b] The flag was officially adopted on August 16, 1960.

The island is depicted in a copper shade representative of its name; the name Cyprus has roots in the Sumerian word for copper (zubar) from the large deposits of copper found on the island. The crossed green olive branches symbolise the hope for peace between the Turks and the Greeks. It was designed by İsmet Güney, a Turkish Cypriot painter.

  1975 – Flag of East Timor Adopted in May 2002 (originally in November 1975), the flag of East Timor consists of a red field; at the hoist is a white five-pointed star inside a black isosceles triangle superimposed on a larger yellow triangle, that points toward the center.
  1984 – Flag of Egypt[f] Adopted in October 1984, the flag of Egypt consists of a horizontal tricolor of red, white and black, with the eagle of Saladin in the center of the white band.
  2004 – Flag of Georgia[a]
See also: List of flags of Georgia (country)
This recently adopted flag is a simple white rectangle, with a central red cross connecting all four sides of the flag; in each of the four corners is a small red cross. The flag is based on a historic five-cross design that dates back to the 14th century.
  1947 – Flag of India
See also: List of Indian flags
Adopted in July 1947, the flag of India consists of a horizontal tricolor of saffron, white and green; in the center of the white band is a 24-spoke wheel (the Ashoka Chakra) colored in navy blue.
  1945 – Flag of Indonesia
See also: List of flags of Indonesia
Adopted in. August 1945, the flag of Indonesia consists of a bicolour; red on the top, white on the bottom.
  1980 – Flag of Iran
See also: List of Iranian flags
Adopted in July 1980, the flag of Iran consists of a horizontal tricolor of green, white and red; the national emblem ("Allah") in red is centered on the white band; and the takbir (as written in the Kufic script) is written 11 times on each band in white.
  2008 – Flag of Iraq Adopted in January 2008, the flag of Iraq consists of a horizontal tricolor of red, white and black; in the center of the white field is the takbir written in green Kufic script.
  1948 – Flag of Israel
See also: List of flags of Israel
Adopted in October 1948, the flag of Israel consists of a blue hexagram, surrounded by two blue horizontal stripes, all over a white field.
  1870 – Flag of Japan
See also: List of Japanese flags
Adopted as a civil ensign on February 27, 1870, Adopted as a national flag on August 13, 1999. The flag consists of a white background with a red circle representative of the sun
  1928 – Flag of Jordan Adopted in April 1928, the flag of Jordan is a horizontal tricolor with a red chevron, the colors used are the Pan-Arab colors
  1992 – Flag of Kazakhstan[d]
See also: List of Kazakh flags
Adopted on June 4, 1992. the flag has a gold sun with 32 rays above a soaring golden steppe eagle, both centered on a teal background; the hoist side displays a national ornamental pattern called "koshkar-muiz" (the horns of the ram) in gold.
  1961 – Flag of Kuwait Adopted in 1961, uses the Pan-Arab colors
  1992 – Flag of Kyrgyzstan
  1945 – Flag of Laos
  1943 – Flag of Lebanon
  1950 – Flag of Malaysia
See also: List of Malaysian flags
  1965 – Flag of the Maldives
  1945 – Flag of Mongolia
  2010 – Flag of Myanmar
See also: List of Burmese flags
  1962 – Flag of Nepal
  1948 – Flag of North Korea
See also: List of North Korean flags
  1995 – Flag of Oman
  1947 – Flag of Pakistan
See also: List of Pakistani flags
  1898 – Flag of the Philippines
  1971 – Flag of Qatar
  1883 – 1918
1993 –
Flag of Russia
See also: List of Russian flags
The Russian Federation flag was officially adopted on August 22, 1991. The flag was hoisted shortly after the former Soviet Union collapsed. The white, red and blue are Pan-Slavic colours.
  1973 – Flag of Saudi Arabia
  1959 – Flag of Singapore
See also: List of Singaporean flags
  1883 – 1920
1949 –
Flag of South Korea
See also: List of South Korean flags
  1972 – Flag of Sri Lanka
See also: List of Sri Lankan flags
  1980 – Flag of Syria
  1992 – Flag of Tajikistan
  1917 – Flag of Thailand
See also: List of Thai flags
  1844 – Flag of Turkey[c]
See also: List of Turkish flags
The flag of Turkey is a red flag with a white crescent moon and a star in its centre. The flag is called Ay Yıldız (literally, moon star.) or Albayrak (Red flag) which were adopted in 1844 with the Tanzimat reforms; though the shape, placement and shade of the colour vary. The geometric proportions of the flag were legally standardised with the Turkish Flag Law in 1936.
  2001 – Flag of Turkmenistan
  1971 – Flag of the United Arab Emirates
  1991 – Flag of Uzbekistan
See also: List of Uzbek flags
  1945 – Flag of Vietnam
See also: List of flags of Vietnam
  1990 – Flag of Yemen

Flags of Asian dependenciesEdit

Flag Date Use State (status) Description
  1960 – Flag of Akrotiri and Dhekelia UK (overseas territory) Same as the flag of the United Kingdom.
  1990 – Flag of the British Indian Ocean Territory UK (overseas territory)
  2002 – Flag of Christmas Island Australia (external territory)
  2004 – Flag of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia (external territory)

Flags of Asian sub-divisionsEdit

ChinaEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1997 – Flag of Hong Kong
  1999 – Flag of Macau

GeorgiaEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  2004 – Flag of Adjara

IraqEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1921 – Flag of Kurdistan The flag of Kurdistan is a red-white-green tricolour with a yellow sun in the centre.

JapanEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  2000 – Flag of Aichi Prefecture Stylised hiragana of あいち (Aichi). The emblem also expresses sunrise and wave to indicate Aichi's location facing the Pacific Ocean.

KoreaEdit

PhilippinesEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  2019 – Flag of Bangsamoro The flag of Bangsamoro is a horizontal tricolor of green, white and red with the yellow seven-pointed star surrounded by a yellow crescent both centered on the white band and a white kris centered on the red band.

RussiaEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  2000 – Flag of Altai Krai
  1992 – Flag of the Altai Republic
  1999 – Flag of Amur Oblast
  1992 – Flag of the Republic of Buryatia
  2001 – Flag of Chelyabinsk Oblast
  1997 – Flag of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
  1997 – Flag of Irkutsk Oblast
  2005 – Flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
  2010 – Flag of Kamchatka Krai
  1994 – Flag of Khabarovsk Krai
  2003 – Flag of the Republic of Khakassia
  1995 – Flag of Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug
  2000 – Flag of Krasnoyarsk Krai
  1997 – Flag of Kurgan Oblast
  2001 – Flag of Magadan Oblast
  2009 – Flag of Nenets Autonomous Okrug
  2014 – Flag of Omsk Oblast
  2011 – Flag of Perm Krai
  1995 – Flag of Primorsky Krai
  1992 – Flag of the Sakha Republic
  1995 – Flag of Sakhalin Oblast
  1997 – Flag of Sverdlovsk Oblast
  1992 – Flag of the Tuva Republic
  1995 – Flag of Tyumen Oblast
  1996 – Flag of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
  1995 – Flag of Zabaykalsky Krai

UzbekistanEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1991– Flag of Karakalpakstan

Flags of Asian citiesEdit

Flags of cities with over 1 million inhabitants.

Disputed or partially recognised statesEdit

Flag Date Use State (status) Description
  1992 – Flag of Abkhazia[a] Internationally recognized as part of   Georgia The flag of Abkhazia consists of seven green and white stripes with a red upper left canton bearing a white open right hand and seven white stars.
  1992 – Flag of Artsakh Internationally recognized as part of   Azerbaijan The flag of Artsakh is based on the Flag of Armenia, and has a white pattern added.
  1988 – Flag of Palestine
See also: List of Palestinian flags
  1928 – Flag of the Republic of China Political status of Taiwan
  1984 – Flag of Northern Cyprus[b] Internationally recognized as part of   Cyprus Adopted by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (recognized only by Turkey and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan) on 7 March 1984 following the Turkish invasion and the occupation of the northern part of the island in 1974.
  1990 – Flag of South Ossetia[a] Internationally recognized as part of   Georgia The flag of the South Ossetia is a tricolour, the top stripe white, the middle stripe red and the bottom stripe yellow.

Historical flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1937 – 1963 Flag of Aden Colony
  1959 – 1962 Flag of the Federation of Arab Emirates of the South
  1922 Flag of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic
  1918 Flag of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan
  1920 Flag of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
  1920 – 1921 Flag of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
  1921 – 1922 Flag of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
  1368 – 1906 Flag of the Bruneian Empire
  1906 – 1959 Flag of Brunei
  1875 – 1948 Flag of British Ceylon
  1948 – 1951 Flag of the Dominion of Ceylon
  1951 – 1972 Flag of the Dominion of Ceylon
  1912 – 1928 Flag of the Republic of China
  1398 – 1489 Flag of the Kingdom of Cyprus
  1881 – 1922 Flag of Cyprus
  1922 – 1960 Flag of Cyprus
  1960 Flag of Cyprus
  1960 – 2006 Flag of Cyprus
  1933 – 1934 Flag of the First East Turkestan Republic
  1944 – 1949 Flag of the Second East Turkestan Republic
  1920 – 1922 Flag of the Far Eastern Republic
  1990 – 2004 Flag of Georgia
  1938 – 1939 Flag of Hatay State
  1871 – 1876 Flag of British Hong Kong
  1876 – 1955 Flag of British Hong Kong
  1955 – 1959 Flag of British Hong Kong
  1959 – 1997 Flag of British Hong Kong
  1906 – 1980 Flag of Iran (Persia)
  1980 – 1980 Flag of Iran with the first IRI emblem
  1980 – 1980 Flag of Iran with the current IRI emblem and the first Takbir design
  1924 – 1959 Flag of Iraq
  1959 – 1963 Flag of Iraq
  1963 – 1991 Flag of Iraq
  1991 – 2004 Flag of Iraq
  2004 – 2008 Flag of Iraq
  1978 – 1993 Flag of Kampuchea
  1991 – 1992 Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  1918 – 1920 Flag of the Kuban People's Republic
  1914 – 1921 Flag of Kuwait
  1921 – 1940 Flag of Kuwait
  1940 – 1961 Flag of Kuwait
  1991 – 1992 Flag of Kyrgyzstan
  1947 – 1975 Flag of the Kingdom of Laos
  1946 – 1948 Flag of the Malayan Union
  1948 – 1963 Flag of the Federation of Malaya
  1911 – 1920, 1921 – 1924 Flag of the Bogd Khanate of Mongolia
  1924 – 1940 Flag of the Mongolian People's Republic
  1924 – 1940 Flag of the Mongolian People's Republic (alternative)
  1940 – 1945 Flag of the Mongolian People's Republic
  1945 – 1992 Flag of the Mongolian People's Republic
  1974 – 2010 Flag of Myanmar
  1844 – 1922 Flag of the Ottoman Empire
  1897 – 1898 Flag of the Biak na Bato
  1943 – 1945 Flag of the Philippines
  1946 – 1985, 1986 – 1998 Flag of the Philippines
  1985 – 1986 Flag of the Philippines
  1862 – 1889 Flag of the Qing dynasty
  1889 – 1912 Flag of the Qing dynasty
  1858 – 1883 Flag of the Russian Empire
  1918 Flag of the Russian Soviet Republic
  1918 – 1922 Flag of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic
  1991 – 1993 Flag of Russia
  1932 – 1934 Flag of Saudi Arabia
  1934 – 1938 Flag of Saudi Arabia
  1938 – 1973 Flag of Saudi Arabia
  1877 – 1914, 1962 – 1967 Flag of the Kingdom of Sikkim
  1914 – 1962 Flag of Kingdom of Sikkim
  1967 – 1975 Flag of the Kingdom of Sikkim
  1962 – 1967 Flag of the Federation of South Arabia
  1922 – 1923 Flag of the Soviet Union
  1923 – 1924 Flag of the Soviet Union
  1924 – 1936 Flag of the Soviet Union
  1936 – 1955 Flag of the Soviet Union
  1955 – 1991 Flag of the Soviet Union
  1916 – 1951 Flag of Tibet
  1991 – 1992 Flag of Turkmenistan
  1992 – 1997 Flag of Turkmenistan
  1997 – 2001 Flag of Turkmenistan
  1918 – 1921 Flag of Uryankhay Krai
  1945 – 1955 Flag of North Vietnam
  1949 – 1975 Flag of South Vietnam
  1918 – 1923 Flag of North Yemen
  1923 – 1927 Flag of North Yemen
  1927 – 1962 Flag of North Yemen
  1962 – 1990 Flag of North Yemen
  1967 – 1990 Flag of South Yemen

NotesEdit

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    Part of Transcaucasian Region, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Physiographically, Armenia falls entirely in Western Asia, while Georgia and Azerbaijan are mostly in Western Asia with small portions north of the Caucasus Mountains divide in Europe.
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    The island of Cyprus, which comprises the Republic of Cyprus, Northern Cyprus and Akrotiri and Dhekelia, is geographically located in Asia, closer to Asian Turkey than to the European mainland. However, the Republic of Cyprus is a member state of the European Union.
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    Turkey is a transcontinental country in the Middle East and Southeast Europe. Turkey has a biggest part of its territory (95%) in Western Asia called Anatolia.
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    Kazakhstan is a transcontinental country. Kazakhstan has a small part of its territories located west of the Urals in Eastern Europe.
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    The Republic of China (ROC) was the recognized legitimate government of China between 1912 and 1949. After its defeat in the Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China retreated to the island of Taiwan where it continues to govern today. In 1949, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established on the Chinese mainland. Since 1949, both the ROC and PRC officially claim to be the sole legitimate government of the entirety of China (including Taiwan). The flag of the ROC was thus the legitimate flag of China since its adoption in 1928 to 1949, whereas after 1949 its status has been linked to the political status of Taiwan.
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    Egypt is mostly situated within Africa, however the Sinai Peninsula lies in Asia.
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