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Swiss flag

Although the the flag of Switzerland is simple, it is steeped in history. The description of the Swiss flag is often that it is the inverted version of the Red Cross symbol
Although the the flag of Switzerland is simple, it is steeped in history. The description of the Swiss flag is often that it is the inverted version of the Red Cross symbol. In other words, it is a white cross on top of a red background, also known as a Swiss Cross by the general Swiss population.

The meaning of the Swiss national flag comes from 1291, during the founding of the Old Swiss Confederacy. Back then, the meaning of the flag came from the Schwyz canton's coat of arms. This canton was one of three founding members of the Old Swiss Confederacy. During the middle ages, Switzerland was part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation during Charlemagne's rule in 800AD. The German Emperor was accompanied by by members of the Schwyz army to Italy in 1230, and was really pleased with their support and granted them the permission and privelege to carry a white cross to their red square banner. However, the description of a white cross on a red background was not solely granted to the Schwyz people, as it was also granted to Vienna and the Dukes of Savoy.

However, the date of when it was really introduced is debatable. Although it the Schwyz flag had been used for centuries since the 1200's, it was only in 1840 when Guillaume Henri Dufor was only introduced officially as the flag for the Swiss army.

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