European Flag turns 35

The European flag symbolizes both the European Union and the identity and unity of Europe as a continent.

It features 12 gold stars on a blue background which symbolize the unity, solidarity and harmony among the people of Europe.

The history of the flag dates back to 1955. The Council of Europe – which defends human rights and promotes European culture – chose the present design for its own use.

In 1983, the European Parliament decided that the European Union’s flag should be that used by the Council of Europe. In 1985, it was adopted by all EU leaders as the official emblem of the European Communities, now the European Union.

More information on the European Union’s flag can be found here.

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