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Asian Flags 1
A busy street in China - the most populous country in the world.

Asian Flags 1

The largest continent on the face of the Earth is Asia. It covers an area of 17,212,000 square miles (44,579,000 square km); that's almost 9% of the Earth's surface!

Asia is home to some 4,164,252,000 people (4 billion,164 million!); that's nearly two thirds of all the inhabitants of Earth. But despite its size and its population, Asia has fewer countries than either Africa or Europe, which are both considerably smaller.

Here are some questions about ten of the countries to be found on the continent, and the flags which they use.

1.
This flag represents which country which consists of almost 7,000 islands?
Philippines
Indonesia
Maldives
Japan
The red circle in the middle of the flag represents the sun. In Japanese the flag has two names: Hinomaru (circle of the sun) and Nisshoki (sun-mark flag). The Japanese call their country Nippon, which means "the sun's origin"; literally, the land of the rising sun
2.
This is the flag of which country, officially called "The Republic of China?"
Singapore
North Korea
Taiwan
Tibet
China was torn apart by civil war after World War II. The governing Nationalists were defeated on the mainland by the Communists who took control of the country. The Nationalists retreated to the island of Taiwan and held on to power there, hence its official name "The Republic of China," as opposed to the Communist "People's Republic of China" which is found on the mainland
3.
This flag represents which country - the world's largest exporter of oil?
Syria
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Iraq
The Saudi flag is marked by the Islamic creed, which translates into English as, "There is no god but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God"
4.
The country represented by this flag is officially called Myanmar. By what name is it more commonly known?
Burma
Nepal
Malaysia
Laos
What we call Burma was first unified in 849 AD as the Pagan Empire. It was conquered by the British in the 19th century, but regained its independence in 1948. In 1989 Burma changed the name given to it by the British and officially became Myanmar
5.
To which country, unified in 221 BC, does this flag belong?
Thailand
China
Vietnam
Japan
What we now call China was originally several independent states. These were unified by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in 221 BC. The Emperors who followed ruled China for 2,133 years before it became a republic in 1912
6.
This is the flag of which country? It is based on the flag used by the Arabs during their revolt against the Ottoman Empire in World War I.
Iraq
Jordan
Iran
Syria
It is said that the seven pointed star symbolises the seven verses of Islamic belief mentioned at the beginning of the Qur'an: faith in one God, humanity, humility, national spirit, virtue, social justice, and aspiration
7.
This is the flag of Bangladesh, but what was Bangladesh known as prior to 1971?
North India
West Burma
East Pakistan
South China
Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan in 1971 following a war in which it was aided by the Indian government. It then changed its name from East Pakistan to Bangladesh
8.
This is the flag of which small island kingdom which is located entirely within the Persian Gulf?
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
Bermuda
In its time Bahrain has been governed by the Persians, the Arabs, the Portuguese and the British, from whom it won its independence in 1971
9.
The country represented by this flag is half the size of Wales and has Beirut as its capital city. Which nation is it?
Lebanon
Oman
Kuwait
Brunei
Lebanon gets its name from the mountain range which runs through it. The root of the name means "white" and perhaps refers to the snow on the peaks of the Lebanon Mountains.
The Lebanese flag is marked by a cedar tree, a native of the country, and it symbolises immortality and steadiness
10.
Which country, whose capital city is Abu Dhabi, is represented by this flag?
Syria
Kuwait
Yemen
United Arab Emirates
The UAE is made up of seven different emirates, including Dubai, the business, tourism and leisure metropolis. The UAE gained its independence from Britain in 1971

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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