State symbols of many states are designed in this color scheme. The American Stars and Stripes are often called "Red White and Blue" in songs and lyrics. The flag of the Russian Federation is also sustained in these colors, which caused many imitations among the newly formed Slavic states in the nineteenth century (Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia).
Different, different, blue-white-red
These colors are also common in the heraldry of countries on other continents. The state symbols of Thailand and Costa Rica are so similar that it is not so easy to distinguish where whose flag is. Red, white, blue medium (twice as wide), then again a white and red stripe - in Thailand. Costa Rican colors are reversed except for white.
But in reality, in this sequence, from top to bottom, the colors are located only on the banners of the three countries. These are Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Croatia.
Croatian tricolor with coat of arms
The constitution of each country indicates the proportions of the sides of one of the most important state symbols. The Croatian tricolor consists of three colors (red, white, blue). The flag is twice as long as wide. There is a coat of arms in the center, but it is not easy. Not only is the shield broken into red squares (there are 25 of them), it is also crowned with a royal crown, consisting of five segments, representing the badges of Slavonia, Dalmatia, the Republic of Dubrovnik, Istria and Croatia itself. The coat of arms is very old, it has been known for almost a thousand years, and each of its elements is filled with deep meaning. 1848 was the date when Josip Jelačić took over the duties of Ban, wearing an outfit that combined these three colors: red, white, blue. From that moment on, the flag symbolized national unity. Thanks to the coat of arms, a rather complex figure, it is easy to distinguish the Croatian team at any sporting event.
Dutch Royal Flag
The Dutch flag is very similar to the Croatian symbol, white-red-blue. The country acquired it much later, in 1648, when, on the traditional standard of the Prince of Orange, the upper orange stripe gave way to a red revolutionary field. Then, in 1815, the Netherlands became a kingdom, but they did not change anything. Interestingly, there is a version that explains the reason for this color scheme. Practical Dutch sailors noticed that the orange material quickly sheds on the flagpoles, in contrast to the red one. But during solemn holidays celebrated with royal splendor, they also remember the old monarchical symbol and, along with state paraphernalia, hang it, with an orange top stripe.
Luxembourg and the Dutch flag
Another European flag is sustained in the widespread range - red, white, blue. The horizontally arranged colors have de facto symbolized the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 1815. True, it was officially approved relatively recently, in 1972. The proportions of the sides are also original, they can change - either three to five, or one to two.
The similarity of the flags of the two neighboring countries is explained by the fact that the Dutch king Willem I, who ascended the throne in 1815, combined two positions, he was also a Duke of Luxembourg. It was he who introduced this flag, with only one caveat: the lower blue stripe became lighter. History is silent as to whether this is due to sunburn.
This similarity haunts some parliamentarians. CHSNP (Christian Social People's Party), through the mouth of its leader Michel Voltaire, proposed replacing those reminiscent of the former unity with the Netherlands, and therefore, perhaps, annoying colors: red, white, blue. The Red Lion flag, proposed as a new state symbol, is already used in civil courts and has a long history of royal dynasty. It is possible that the constitutional amendment will be adopted, and the Luxembourgers can be congratulated on the new flag. Moreover, the idea is supported by the majority of the population.