Austria Flag Meaning & Details

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 Austria Flag
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  • three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and red

  • the flag design is certainly one of the oldest - if not the oldest - national banners in the world

  • according to tradition, in 1191, following a fierce battle in the Third Crusade, Duke Leopold V of Austria's white tunic became completely blood-spattered

  • upon removal of his wide belt or sash, a white band was revealed

  • the red-white-red color combination was subsequently adopted as his banner


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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook

 

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