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Have flag, will travel!

National flag is a kind of business card, after having a glimpse at it one gets an idea, at least roughly, concerning what to expect from this or another country. OUTLOOK is going to tell you about the most outstanding of them.

Flag of Switzerland can be considered the most philanthropic one for it resembles the symbol of the Red Cross the most. And it does so for a reason: one of the initiators of the organization’s foundation, Jean Henri Dunant, originated from nowhere else but the country of banks. Let’s get back to the flag though. Alongside the one of Vatican City, it is, by the way, “only a second square in the sea of rectangles” with its history reaching back to 13th century. This ensign, adopted as the state symbol of Switzerland in 19th century, descends form the emblem of the canton of Schwyz and it was its government that played an important role in unification of separate Alpine lands into a single country. 

However the world got to behold this particular white cross against red background in an instant that is far from being the most humane in human history – during the Battle of Laupen in 1339.

Flag of Mozambique is one of the most militaristic ones: alongside everything else it depicts Kalashnikov rifle. All in all, placing a weapon on a flag or an emblem is commonplace among Dark Continent countries. Good thing is that such a tradition has been passing into history – some 15-20 years ago ‘drawings’ of the kind were seen much more often. Looking deeper into Mozambique’s colors, aside from the offspring of a soviet engineer that speaks for itself without deciphering, its other element is a star that symbolizes hope for the whole world’s solidarity with the people of Mozambique. The rest is as simple as ABC: a book for education, a hoe for agriculture, green stripe for vegetation, black one for affiliation with Africa, golden – for natural resources, white ones for freedom.

Norfolk Island situated to the west of Australia was discovered by James Cook in 1774. Up till 1854 this territory, now inhabited by slightly over two thousand people, was one true prison amidst sea. Nevertheless, when national colors were being established there thirty-something years ago, authorities decided not to rake up the shady past. Having taken Canada’s flag as a basis, Norfolk people, and there is a couple of Russian families among them, shifted red color for green one and a maple leave – for local pine. It turned out very pacifying.

Now, who said that only rectangle and square shapes can be used in a flag image? Most likely, this was exactly the idea they had in Nepal so they came up with a weird geometric figure that resembles a half of a red spruce. The color relates to the times of Rana dynasty. The flag, established in 1962, due to official rendering symbolizes Himalayan peaks and accord of two religions – Buddhism and Hinduism. By the way, human faces used to be on images of sun and moon.

Authorities of Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean, decided that since the flag existed anyway, if not everything, then the majority of things should be located on it. One can learn history from the banner of these French territories. You’ll find mention of first colonists – Basques – with their colors, of following owners: Bretons with miniver as well as ‘leopard’ Normans. 

The rest of the space is left for ocean and a ship of the discoverer Jacques Cartier who, alongside other things, ‘spotted’ Canada.

It will be interesting:
Formidable waves rise up like soldiers on guard, then beat against the rocky coastline, lay down their arms and meekly retreating, crumble into a foam. Wind freely runs over lavender fields and eucalyptus groves hiding sleepy koalas in bushland. Twilight is ready to cover every living creature with a dark bucket, and the bustling nocturnal life spreads its wings. This is not a fictional world of fairy tales but everyday life of Kangaroo Island, a booming destination for wilderness and wildlife fans.
Canberra is the capital of Australia
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Unforgettable Tschäggättä: Horrors in Lötschental Valley
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Where stars are “set glowing”
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
Critical temperature: don’t let yourself dry out
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.
In Kyiv under the support of Embassy of Australia the exhibition ‘Artists-Ambassadors. Ukrainian Australiana’ has been opened
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The new Ambassador of Australia to Ukraine is assigned
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The Embassy of Australia arranged in Kyiv the party in honor of Eurovision
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Hanging Out In Pakistan
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Cities of the world, unite!
For more than 50 years a World Day of Twin Cities falls on the last Sunday of April. The beginning of the World War II is considered to be a starting point of town-twinning. Enthusiasts from Coventry – a major industrial centre of England which survived intense bombing by the Nazis – sent to the Soviet Stalingrad, the city of the same level of industrial development and population, letter supporting confrontation to Hitler. In return they got a warm and appreciative response.
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Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
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I'd like Rembrandt! To go!
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Personal tale tellers for the tourists
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