What Are the Most Common Flag Colors?

(Last Updated On: December 14, 2021)

If you’re out here trying to learn all the flags of the world you might have noticed a handful of colors keep coming up again and again. They might symbolize different things, but there are always more interpretations of colors than there are ones on the rainbow. But there are only so many colors, which is why we end up with flags that look pretty similar. Back to colors, what are the most common flag colors?

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Red, White, and Blue Are Not Special

You probably picked up on this almost as soon as you started looking at flags in aggregate. A lot of them feature a red, white, and blue color combination. 29 flags feature the same red, white, and blue color pattern, which is the plurality of all flags worldwide. Some flags have a coat of arms on them, most of which feature other colors (commonly you’ll see a dash of yellow). The main body of the flag itself is still red, white, and blue, so we did still include those flags. Those flags are marked with an asterisk for those who are feeling extra strict about it, though.

List of Flags Featuring Red, White, and Blue

  1. Australia
  2. Cambodia
  3. Chile
  4. Costa Rica*
  5. Croatia* 
  6. Cuba
  7. Czechia
  8. Dominican Republic*
  9. France
  10. Haiti*
  11. Iceland
  12. Laos
  13. Liberia
  14. Luxembourg
  15. Nepal
  16. Netherlands
  17. New Zealand
  18. North Korea
  19. Norway
  20. Panama
  21. Paraguay*
  22. Russia
  23. Samoa
  24. Serbia*
  25. Slovakia
  26. Slovenia*
  27. Thailand
  28. United Kingdom
  29. United States

Other Common Color Combos

The next two most common color combinations might not surprise you all that much. One is straight up red and white. The one that follows is red, white, and green.

List of Flags Featuring Red and White List of Flags Featuring Red, White, and Green
Austria Algeria
Bahrain Belarus
Canada Bulgaria
Denmark Burundi
Georgia Hungary
Indonesia Iran
Japan Italy
Latvia Lebanon
Malta Madagascar
Monaco Maldives
Peru Mexico
Poland Oman
Qatar Tajikistan

The Most Common Color

Through the process of elimination you probably figured out that the most common color was either going to be red or white. We’ll give you a second to take your pick, it’s a 50/50.

Take a minute.

If you guess red, then bingo, red is on by far the most flags. It’s also the most common dominant color on flags (where red is the majority of the flag). Just the shade of red used on the American flag alone shows up in 14% of all national flags. Red appears on 45 of all national flags, in case you were wondering. 

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Kyler is a content writer at Sporcle living in Seattle, and is currently studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He's been writing for Sporcle since 2019; sometimes the blog is an excellent platform to answer random personal questions he has about the world. Most of his free time is spent drinking black coffee like water.