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Asian Flags 2
The Gateway of India monument.

Asian Flags 2

Because of its enormous size, Asia has a wide variety of different climates. Siberia to the north endures arctic conditions and India to the south has tropical weather. The southern and eastern parts of Asia are damp and affected by monsoons, whilst the south-western part of the continent is hot, dry and marked by deserts.

With such a large area and such a difference in climates it is not surprising that Asia is home to many different cultures and countries, each with their own symbolic flag.

1.
To which country, on the border between India and China, does this flag belong? Its capital city is Thimphu.
Bangladesh
Tajikistan
Bhutan
Pakistan
Bhutan was united as a country by the Buddhist lama Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the early part of the 17th century. The flag bears the image of Druk, the Thunder Dragon of Bhutanese mythology
2.
Of which country is this the national flag? Its capital city is Bishkek.
Sri Lanka
Kazakhstan
Pakistan
Kyrgyzstan
The flag is adorned with a sun, symbolising peace. The sun has 40 rays; one for each of the tribes who legendarily fought against the Mongols. The sun itself is marked by the apex of a 'yurt', the traditional tent used by nomads in the region
3.
This is the flag of which country, whose capital city is Kathmandu?
Uzbekistan
Nepal
Kazakhstan
Tibet
The Nepalese flag is unique; it is the only one of the world flags which does not have four sides. The triangles are said to represent the Himalayan mountains, the tallest of which, Mount Everest, is on Nepal's border with China. The symbols of the sun (which represents resolve) and the moon (which is for calmness) were both marked by faces until 1962, when the flag was modernised
4.
Which country is represented by this flag? It's capital, Damascus, claims to be the oldest city in the world.
Israel
Syria
Palestine
Jordan
Evidence suggests that the area around the Barada River (on whose banks Damascus sits) has been inhabited since 9,000 BC, which would make Damascus the oldest city by some 4,000 years. However, evidence for Damascus itself existing prior to 2,000 BC is sparse
5.
To which country does this flag belong? Approximately half of the citizens live in and around the capital city, making it the second largest, in terms of population, in the world.
Vietnam
North Korea
Thailand
South Korea
More than 25 million people live in and around Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The only city in the world with a higher population is Tokyo, with 36.9 million inhabitants
6.
This is the flag of Pakistan. Pakistan did not exist as a country until 1947 when it was created by the partition of which region by the British?
The partition of India
The partition of South Asia
The partition of Bengal
The partition of East Asia
When the British granted independence to their colonies in India the land was divided into two separate states - Pakistan, with a predominantly Muslim population, and India, with a majority of Hindus. The partition was controversial and has been a source of conflict between India and Pakistan ever since
7.
This is the flag of which country - the second most populous in the world?
Pakistan
Indonesia
India
China
India has a population of 1 billion, 210 million people and is second only to China. It is also a large country in terms of area, being 13 times as large as the UK and ranking as the seventh largest country the world
8.
Which sultanate is represented by this flag? It is positioned at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
Yemen
Pakistan
Oman
Iran
Oman has existed as an independent sultanate since the 1700s. During the 19th century it had an empire which stretched from Pakistan in the east to Tanzania in the south - a vast realm indeed
9.
Which country, consisting of more than 7,000 islands, is represented by this flag?
Philippines
Malaysia
Indonesia
Maldives
The Philippines were named by their Spanish discoverer after King Philip II of Spain. They were a part of the Spanish Empire for over 300 years before the Americans took control in 1902. The Philippines finally won their independence in 1946
10.
To which country, whose currency is the Shekel, does this flag belong?
Israel
Oman
Palestine
Kuwait
The state of Israel was formed in 1948, when the Jewish population in Palestine declared itself independent. Since then Israel has had more than a dozen wars and conflicts with its Arab neighbours despite numerous attempts by all parties to negotiate peace. Let us hope that an agreement which suits all sides can be found in the near future

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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