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Below is a list of the adoption dates of the countries of the world, first compiled by Noromi Kariyasu, and transmitted to the Flags of the World mailing list in August 1998. These dates only represent the last date that the flag was last changed - they do not necessarily represent the date the flag was first adopted, nor even the date it was officially legalised. For example, the US flag was defined 1782, but changed according to the number of states many times since then. While we have striven to ensure the accuracy of these data, we cannot guarantee them, and welcome any corrections and updates.
COUNTRY/REGION       RATIO   DATE FLAG WAS LAST              ADOPTION DATE OF 
                                     MODIFIED                     COAT OF ARMS
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Abkhazia                        23 July 1992                    23 July 1992
Afghanistan               1:2     27 January 2003                 2 December 1992
Aland Islands                    7 April 1954                      1569
Albania                   5:7      7 April 1992                   21 October 1998
Alderney                           December 1906                   17945
Algeria                   2:3      3 July 1962                     1 November 1976
American Samoa                    27 April 1960                   17 October 1960
Andorra           2:3        1866                            1969
Angola            2:3     11 November 1975                25 August 1992
Anguilla                  30 May 1990                     30 May 1990
Antigua Barbuda   2:3     27 February 1967                16 February 1967
Argentina                 1:2     25 February 1818                12 March 1813
Armenia                   1:2     24 August 1990                  24 August 1990
Artsakh                          2 June 1992                    31 December 1991
Aruba                             18 March 1976                   15 November 1955
Australia                 1:2     22 May 1909                     19 September 1912
Austria                   2:3     27 April 1984                   27 April 1984
Azerbaijan                1:2      5 February 1991                27 February 1993
Azores                           2 April 1979                   31 March 1980
Bahamas           1:2     10 July 1973                     7 December 1971
Bahrain                   3:5     19 August 1972                     1971
Bangladesh                3:5     13 January 1972                 28 February 1971
Barbados          2:3     30 November 1966                21 December 1965  
Belarus           1:2      7 June 1995                     7 June 1995
Belgium           13:15   13 September 1831               17 May 1837
Belize            2:3     21 September 1981               21 September 1981 
Benin                     2:3      1 August 1990                   1 August 1991
Bermuda           1:2      4 October /1910                 4 October 1910
Bhutan            2:3        1969                            1980
Bolivia           2:3     14 July 1888                    14 July 1888
Bonaire                         15 December 1981                 6 September 1986
Bosnia and Hercegovina    1:2      4 February 1998                20 May 1998
Botswana                  2:3     30 September 1966               25 January 1966
Bougainville                     1 September 1975                  unknown
Brazil                    7:10    11 May 1992                     11 May 1992
British Antarctic Terr. 1:2     21 April 1998                    1 August 1963
Br. Indian Ocean Terr.  1:2        8 November 1990                 2 August 1990
British Virgin Islands    1:2     15 November 1960                15 November 1960
Brunei                    1:2     29 September 1959               29 September 1959
Bulgaria          2:3     27 November 1990                31 July 1997
Burkina Faso              2:3      4 August 1984                   1 August 1997
Burundi                   3:5     28 June 1967                       1966
Cambodia          2:3     30 June 1993                    21 September 1993
Cameroon          2:3     20 May 1975                        1984
Canada                    1:2     15 February 1965                12 July 1994
Canary Is                       10 August 1982                  10 August 1982
Cape Verde                4:7     25 September 1992               25 October 1992
Cayman Is                 1:2     25 January 1999                 14 May 1958
Central African Rep.      2:3      1 December 1958                17 May 1963
Chad                      2:3      6 November 1959                11 August 1970
Chatham                            May 1989                        unknown
Chechnya                         2 November 1991                 2 November 1991
Chile                     2:3     18 October 1817                 24 June 1834
China                     2:3      1 October 1949                 20 September 1950
Christmas Is              1:2        April 1986                      unknown
Colombia                  2:3     26 November 1861                 6 August 1955
Comoros                   2:3      3 October 1996                  1 October 1978
Congo                     2:3     10 June 1991                    10 June 1991
Congo (Dem. Rep.)         2:3     17 May 1997                        June 1997
Cook Is                   1:2      4 August 1979                     1979
Costa Rica                2:3     21 October 1964                 21 October 1964
Côte d'Ivoire             2:3      4 December 1959                26 June 1964
Croatia                   1:2     21 December 1990                21 December 1990
Cuba                      1:2     20 May 1902                     24 April 1906
Curaçao                          2 July 1984                    24 July 1964
Cyprus            3:5     16 August 1960                  16 August 1960
Czech Republic                    30 March 1920                    7 March 1990
Denmark                   28:37      1625                         16 November 1972
Djibouti                  2:3     27 June 1977                    27 June 1977
Dominica                  1:2      3 November 1990                21 July 1961
Dominican Republic        2:3      6 November 1844                12 June 1896
Ecuador                   1:2      7 November 1900                 5 December 1900
Egypt                     2:3      4 October 1984                  4 October 1984
El Salvador                       27 September 1972               27 December 1972
Equatorial Guinea         2:3     21 August 1979                  21 August 1979
Eritrea                   1:2      5 December 1995                24 May 1993
Estonia                   7:11     7 August 1990                  16 October 1990
Ethiopia                  1:2      6 February 1996                 6 February 1996
Falkland Is               1:2     27 September 1948               11 March 1952
Faroe Is                           5 June 1959                       1819
Fiji                      1:2     10 October 1970                  4 July 1908
Finland                   11:18   29 May 1918                     26 May 1978
France                    2:3     20 May 1794                        no coat of arms
French Guiana             2:3        unknown                      22 September 1901
French Polynesia          2:3     23 November 1984                23 November 1984    
French Southern &
  Antarctic Territories   2:3      4 September 1958                4 September 1978
Gabon                     2:3      9 August 1960                  15 July 1963
Gambia                    2:3     18 February 1965                18 November 1964
Georgia                   3:5     14 January 2004                    2004
Germany                   3:5      9 May 1949                     20 January 1950
Ghana                     2:3     28 February 1966                 4 March 1957
Gibraltar                  8 November 1982                10 July 1502
Greece                    2:3     22 December 1978                 7 June 1975
Greenland                         21 June 1985                     1 May 1989
Grenada                   3:5      7 February 1974                 6 December 1973
Guadeloupe                           unknown                         unknown
Guam                               9 February 1948                 4 July 1917
Guatemala                 5:8     26 December 1997                26 December 1997
Guernsey                        30 April 1985                      1279
Guinea                    2:3     10 November 1958                23 December 1993
Guinea Bissau             1:2     24 September 1973                  1973
Guyana                    1:2     26 May 1966                     21 January 1966
Haiti                     3:5     25 February 1986                25 February 1986
Herm                               1984                            1953
Honduras                  1:2     18 January 1949                 16 February 1866
Hong Kong                          1 July 1997                     1 July 1997
Hungary                   2:3      1 October 1957                  3 July 1990
Iceland                   18:25   17 June 1944                    17 June 1944
India                     2:3     22 July /1947                   26 January 1950
Indonesia                 2:3     17 August 1945                   1 February 1950
Iran                      4:7     29 July 1980                    10 May 1980
Iraq                      2:3     13 January 1991                 14 January 1991
Ireland                   1:2     29 December 1937                 9 November 1945
Isle of Man                     27 August 1971                  12 July 1996
Israel                    8:11    12 November 1948                11 November 1949
Italy                     2:3     19 June 1946                     5 May 1948
Jamaica                   1:2      6 August 1962                   6 August 1962
Japan                     2:3     13 August 1999                  21 October 1926 (royal emblem)
Jersey                           7 April 1981                      1279
Jordan                    1:2     16 April 1928                   25 May 1946
Kazakhstan                1:2      4 June 1992                     4 June 1992
Kenya                     2:3     12 December 1963                15 October 1963
Kiribati                  1:2     12 July 1979                     1 May 1937
Korea (North)             1:2      8 September 1948                8 September 1948
Korea (South)     2:3     25 January 1950                 15 August 1949
Kuwait                    1:2      1 January 1961                    1963
Kyrgyzstan                         3 March 1992                   14 January 1994
Laos                      2:3      2 December 1975                14 August 1991
Latvia                    1:2     27 February 1990                27 February 1990
Lebanon                   2:3      7 December 1943                 7 December 1943
Lesotho                   2:3     19 January 1987                  4 December 1966
Liberia                   10:19   26 July 1847                    16 July 1847
Libya                     1:2     19 November 1977                19 November 1977
Liechtenstein             3:5     18 September 1982                4 June 1957
Lithuania                 1:2     20 March 1989                   20 September 1991
Luxembourg                3:5     16 August 1972                  16 August 1972
Macao                             31 March 1993                   31 March 1993
Macedonia                 1:2      5 October 1995                 31 December 1946
Madagascar                2:3     21 October 1958                 24 March 1993
Madeira                         12 September 1978               28 September 1978
Malawi                    2:3      6 July 1964                    30 June 1964
Malaysia                  1:2     16 September 1963               16 September 1988
Maldives                  2:3     25 July 1965                       1965
Mali                      2:3      1 March 1961                   22 September 1960
Malta                     2:3     21 September 1964               28 October 1988
Marquesas                       14 December 1980                   unknown
Marshall Is               10:19    1 May 1979                        1979
Martinique                         4 August 1766                   4 August 1766
Mauritania                2:3     22 March 1959                    3 August 1960
Mauritius                 2:3      9 January 1968                 25 August 1906
Mexico                    4:7     16 September 1968               16 September 1968
Micronesia                10:19   30 November 1978                10 May 1979
Moldova                   1:2     12 May 1990                      3 November 1990
Monaco                    4:5      4 April 1881                   15 March 1858
Mongolia                  2:3     12 February 1992                15 January 1992
Montserrat                1:2     25 January 1999                 10 April 1909
Morocco                   2:3     17 November 1915                14 August 1957
Mozambique                2:3      1 May 1983                     30 November 1990
Myanmar           5:9      3 January 1974                 18 September 1988
Namibia                   2:3     21 March 1990                   21 March 1990
Nauru             1:2     31 January 1968                 31 January 1968
Nepal             4:3     12 December 1962                16 December 1962
Netherland Antilles                1 January 1986                  1 January 1986
Netherlands               2:3     19 February 1937                10 July 1907
New Zealand               1:2     12 June 1902                    11 July 1957
Nicaragua                 3:5     27 August 1971                  21 August 1823
Niger             6:7     23 November 1959                 1 December 1962
Nigeria           1:2      1 October 1960                  1 October 1978
Niue                              15 October 1975                    unknown
Norfolk Is                        17 January 1980                 21 October 1980
North Cyprus                    13 March 1984                   15 November 1984
Northern Marianas            1995                            1995
Norway                    8:11    17 July 1821                    19 December 1992
Oman                      1:2     18 November 1995                23 July 1985
Pakistan                  2:3     14 August 1947                  23 March 1956
Palau                     5:8      1 January 1981                  1 January 1981
Palestine                         15 November 1988                15 November 1988
Panama                    2:3     20 December 1903                 4 June 1904
Papua New Guinea  3:4      1 July 1971                    12 March 1971
Paraguay                  3:5     27 November 1842                   1842
Peru                      2:3     25 February 1825                25 February 1825
Philippines       1:2     16 September 1997                4 July 1946
Pitcairn                  1:2      2 April 1984                    4 November 1969
Poland                    2:3      9 February 1990                 9 February 1990
Portugal                  2:3     30 June 1911                    30 June 1911
Puerto Rico                       24 July 1952                     8 August 1952
Qatar                     11:28    9 July 1971                        1978
Reunion                           20 December 1996                   unknown
Romania           2:3     27 December 1989                24 September 1992
Russia                    2:3     26 December 1991(?)             30 November 1993
Rwanda                    2:3     25 October 2001                 25 October 2001
Sabah                            6 December 1985                   1985
St Helena                 1:2      4 October 1984                  4 October 1984
St Kitts Nevis    2:3     19 September 1983               16 February 1967 (motto changed 19 September 1983)
St Lucia                  2:3     22 February 1979                 1 March 1967
St Maarten                      13 June 1985                    17 November 1982
St Pierre & Miquelon                     unknown                         unknown
St Vincent & Grenadines       2:3     12 October 1985                 12 November 1912
San Marino                3:4      6 April 1862                    6 April 1862
Sao Tome & Principe   1:2      5 November 1975                   1977
Sark                               1938                            1790
Saudi Arabia                      19 November 1980                22 September 1932
Senegal                   2:3     20 August 1960                     December 1965
Serbia and Montenegro   1:2       27 April 1992                   29 December 2003
Seychelles                1:2     18 June 1996                    18 June 1996
SGSI                            25 January 1999                 14 February 1992
Shetland                           1969                         17 June 1975
Sierra Leone              2:3     27 April 1961                    1 December 1960
Singapore                 2:3      3 December 1959                26 November 1959
Slovakia          2:3      1 September 1992                1 March 1990
Slovenia                  1:2     27 June 1991                    20 July 1994
Solomon Is                1:2     18 November 1977                 7 July 1978
Somalia                   2:3     12 October 1954                 10 October 1956
Somaliland                      14 October 1996                    1991
South Africa              2:3     27 April 1994                   27 April 2000
Spain                     2:3     19 December 1981                19 December 1981
Sri Lanka                 5:9      7 September 1978               22 May 1972
Sudan                     1:2     20 May 1970                        1970
Surinam                   2:3     25 November 1975                25 November 1975
Swaziland                 2:3     30 October 1967                 30 April 1968
Sweden                    5:8     22 June 1906                    15 May 1908
Switzerland               1:1     12 December 1889                   1815
Syria                     2:3     29 March 1980                      1980
Taiwan                    2:3      8 October 1928                 16 March 1895
Tajikistan                1:2     24 November 1992                28 December 1993
Tanzania                  2:3     30 June 1964                    30 June 1964
Thailand                  2:3     28 September 1917                  1910
Togo                      2:3     27 April 1960                      April 1980
Tokelau                              1989                            unknown
Tonga                     1:2      4 November 1875                   1862
Torres Strait Is                29 May 1992                        unknown
Trinidad & Tobago     3:5     31 August 1962                   9 August 1962
Tunisia                   2:3      3 January 1999                  2 September 1989
Turkey                    2:3      5 June 1936                       1927
Turkmenistan              1:2     24 January 2001                 19 February 1992
Turks & Caicos Is     1:2      7 November 1968                28 September 1965
Tuvalu                    1:2     11 April 1997                    3 December 1976
Uganda                             9 October 1962                 21 September 1962
Ukraine                   2:3      3 September 1996               3 September 1996
United Kingdom            1:2      1 January 1801                 20 June 1837
United Arab Emirates    1:2        2 December 1971                   1973
United States of America 10:19    4 July 1960                      7 July 1884
US Virgin Is                      17 May 1921                        1990
Uruguay                   2:3     11 July 1830                    26 October 1908
Uzbekstan                         18 November 1991                 2 July 1992
Vanuatu                   3:5     18 February 1980                30 July 1980
Vatican                   1:1      8 June 1929                     7 June 1929
Venezuela                 2:3     19 February 1954                15 April 1953
Vietnam                   2:3     30 November 1955                21 July 1956
Wake Is                          4 July 1976                       unknown
Wallis & Futuna                  1985                            unknown
Western Sahara            27 February 1976                   June 1991
Western Samoa             1:2     24 February 1949                 1 January 1962
Yemen                     2:3     22 May 1990                     22 May 1990
Zambia                    2:3        1996                         19 February 1965  
Zimbabwe                  1:2     18 April 1980                   21 September 1981

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