There are a wide variety of European flags, each with a unique history attached to it. Though the international borders of Europe keep changing as new countries are formed, overthrown and re-formed as something new, there are usually about 50 distinct nations in Europe at any given time. Some nations have been around for centuries, with long, stable histories, such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany. Others are more recent additions to the map, like Moldova, Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Still others have been around for a while, but have continually experienced name and border changes due to ongoing civil wars.
Each time a European nation is formed, it creates its own flag. The flags of the more stable nations have been in existence for at least a couple of centuries. The symbolism on each flag tells a great deal about the country to which it belongs.
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Some example of European flags and their meanings are:
- Andorra: in use since 1866, it has three colors, two of which represent France and Spain (which protect Andorra) and the national coat of arms in the center
- The United Kingdom: in use since 1601 and in its current form since 1801, it is also known as the Union Jack and has been used throughout the former British Empire
- France: in use since the French revolution, its colors represent Paris and the Bourbon dynasty
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