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A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering itself and manifesting itself to the world as a national community – namely sovereign states, but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, (con)federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a 'nationality' despite the absence of political autonomy.

National symbols intend to unite people by creating visual, verbal, or iconic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history.

These symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of patriotism or aspiring nationalism (such as independence, autonomy or separation movements) and are designed to be inclusive and representative of all the peoples of the national community.

Common official national symbols

Common unofficial national symbols

See also


Simple English

National symbols are patriotic symbols representing nations and countries. Sometimes, symbols are used for cultural or ethnic groups that do not have their own country yet.

National symbols try to unite people or send a message by representing the national people, values, goals, or history. People often honor their nation, country, or group by celebrating their national symbol.


Common official national symbols

Common unofficial national symbols

  • National myths about the country's history or founding
  • National epics
  • National dishes
  • National dress
  • National holiday
  • National instrument
  • Nationalism (music)
  • National pastimes
  • Folk dances
  • Folk hero
  • Folk instrument
  • Folk music
  • Culture hero
  • Tricksters
  • Monuments and cliches associated with tourism
  • National personifications
  • Various other national emblems, including special plants, animals and objects associated with the nation,
  • in a nation largely stamped by a particular religion, some of its mste revered symbols may be adopted as national symbols (occasionally even officially), e.g. the patron saint or equivalent deity, a major pilgrimage site, church or temple

Other pages

  • National symbols of Canada
  • Religion in national symbols
  • National symbols of Pakistan
  • United States state symbols
  • List of international auto racing colors

Other websites

National Symbols of France Flag (tricolore), motto, emblem (coat of arms), Seal of State, Cockerel, Marianne, and the French national anthem - the Marseillaise.


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