What is the oldest flag in the world?

The answer?


Denmark’s “Dannebrog” is the oldest state flag in the world still in use, with the earliest undisputed source dating back to the 14th century. Prior to the use of Dannebrog, Danish forces are known to have used the raven banner. There are no fewer than six theories as to the origination of the flag, which you can read at Wikipedia here.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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2 Responses to What is the oldest flag in the world?

  1. dj says:

    I learned that this summer from two Danish guys I met. Interesting trivia

  2. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    It’s posts like this that keep me coming back!! Thank you!! Interesting that it’s asymmetric… albeit elegantly so…