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Three Flags

The flags of the European Union, of Switzerland and of the Swiss canton of Zug, flying strongly in the breeze make a good subject for spotting the differences. Each of the 26 modern cantons of Switzerland has its own flag and coat of arms. Zug’s flag (furthest from the camera) was first recorded in 1319, and probably took its colour from the arms of the original owners of Zug, the Counts of Lenzburg.
The Swiss red flag with a white cross is unusual in being square, rather than rectangular. The red is said to represent blood spilled to uphold the faith, and the white cross symbolises Christianity.
The Flag of Europe is blue to represent the sky and has a circle of twelve golden stars. There is often wrongly thought to be a star for each member country, but this is not so : twelve is supposed to symbolise completeness and perfection, and the circle stands for unity, solidarity and harmony among the people of Europe. This flag is officially the flag and emblem of the European Union and the Council of Europe : it was created by the Council of Europe in 1955 and adopted by the EU in the 1980s. It is used to represent Europe at sporting events and symbolises the 27 states of the European Union.
     
 
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