Switzerland Flags

The Flag of Switzerland was adopted on December 12, 1889.
The National Switzerland flag is a red square flag with a bold, equilateral white cross in its center. The four arms of the cross are of equal length and do not extend to the edges of the flag. The outlook of the flag has derived from Holy Roman Empire. The Swiss Constitution does not clarify the colors and symbols of the state flag. One general explanation is that the Swiss Cross represents the Switzerlands characteristic neutrality during global battles and wars. A historical explanation has that the white cross represent Patenmedallie cast offered to Princess Claude of France in 1547 by Hans Jakob Stampfer as a baptismal gift. The flag has proportions of 1:1.
The history of the Swiss flag dated back to the middle Ages. Historians states that the white cross is from Battle of Laupen of 1339 when it was used confirmed identification of Old Swiss Confederacy. However, even before the Battle of Laupen, the Schwyz region of the Old Swiss Confederacy already had its official flag which was a solid red flag after the region was granted immediacy in 1240. Schwyz supported the conquest of King Rudolf of Habsburg against Burgundy, and in return, the King granted Schwyz permission to signify the cross on its flag, the first time in Swiss history. Napoleon Bonaparte imposed a tricolor green flag covering the colors green, red, and yellow on the Helvetic Republic (1798-1803). This flag abandoned immediately after the downfall of Napoleons regime.

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