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14 - Nederlandse Vlag

N... Nederland/the Netherlands

The national flag of the Netherlands is a tricolour flag. The horizontal fesses are bands of equal size in the colours, from top to bottom, red (bright vermilion), white (silver), and blue (cobalt blue). The flag proportions (width:length) are 2:3. The first Stadtholder, or ruler, of the Dutch Republic was William of Orange, who joined with Dutch nationalists and led the struggle for independence from Spain. Partly out of respect for him, the first flag adopted by the Dutch was a horizontal tricolor of orange, white, and blue. It became known as the Prinsvlag and was based on the livery of William of Orange. The orange dye was particularly unstable and tended to turn red after a while, so in the mid-17th century, red was made the official color. The flag has flown since then, but was confirmed by Royal Decree only in 1937.

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J. Scott Coile22-Dec-2008 21:55
Perfect. Strong. Simple!
Harrison20-Dec-2008 22:52
Great composition, great colors. Well done!
Richard Chapman20-Dec-2008 21:09
Beautifully composed and executed
Máire Uí Mhaicín20-Dec-2008 13:31
This very interesting and has explained for me why one of the colours is red and not orange as might be expected.
Yvonne20-Dec-2008 10:45
Interesting story about the colours Maaike!
Sheila20-Dec-2008 10:39
Most interesting as always.
j>a>e>17 :):):)20-Dec-2008 05:54
gentle colorzzz o'spirit :):):)
carol j. phipps20-Dec-2008 04:48
Fabulous idea here.
Russ Rose20-Dec-2008 04:08
pretty flag. nice idea.
Cindi Smith20-Dec-2008 01:22
Same colors as our flag! Beautiful image and love this...makes a great abstract. I'm learning so much about your country!!! One day, I will visit!
Jola Dziubinska20-Dec-2008 00:40
Nice three colors.