Religion in national symbols

Religion in national symbols

Religion in national symbols can often be found in national anthems. This has led to controversy in some countries in regard to the separation of church and state, when the national symbol is officially sanctioned by a government.

Flags which incorporate symbols of religion

overeign states

* Christianity
** Flag|Andorra
** Flag|Australia
** Flag|Brazil
** Flag|Denmark
** Flag|Dominica
** Flag|Dominican Republic
** Flag|Ethiopia
** Flag|Fiji
** Flag|Finland
** Flag|Georgia
** Flag|Greece
** Flag|Iceland
** Flag|Liechtenstein
** Flag|Malta
** Flag|Montenegro
** Flag|New Zealand
** Flag|Norway
** Flag|Papua New Guinea
** Flag|Portugal
** Flag|San Marino
** Flag|Serbia
** Flag|Slovakia
** Flag|Spain
** Flag|Sweden
** Flag|Switzerland
** Flag|Tokelau
** Flag|Tonga
** Flag|Tuvalu
** Flag|United Kingdom
** Flag|Vatican City
* Buddhism and/or Hinduism mixed
** Flag|Bhutan
** Flag|Cambodia
** Flag|India
** Flag|Nepal
** Flag|Sri Lanka

* Daoism
** Flag|Mongolia
** Flag|South Korea

* Islam
** Flag|Afghanistan
** Flag|Algeria
** Flag|Azerbaijan
** Flag|Brunei
** Flag|Comoros
** Flag|Iran
** Flag|Iraq
** Flag|Malaysia
** Flag|Maldives
** Flag|Morocco
** Flag|Pakistan
** Flag|Saudi Arabia
** Flag|Singapore
** Flag|Tunisia
** Flag|Turkey
** Flag|Turkmenistan
** Flag|Uzbekistan

* Judaism
** Flag|Israel

ub-state entities or claimed states

* Basque Country Historical Nation, within Spain and France (Christianity)
* Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia (Buddhism)
* A separatist East Turkestan claims the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China (Islam)
* Macau, a Special Economic Zone (Autonomous Region of China) (Buddhism)
* England, a country within the United Kingdom (Christianity)
* Kalmykia, a federal subject of Russia (Buddhism)
* Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (or "Sahara Republic"), claimed state within Morocco and Mauritania (Islam)
* Scotland, a country within the United Kingdom (Christianity)
*Somaliland, de-facto functioning state within Somalia (Islam)
* The Central Tibetan Administration claims jurisdiction over the entirety of the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai province, as well as parts of the neighboring provinces of Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan of China. (Buddhism)

Former states

*Flag|South Vietnam (Daoism)

National anthems which incorporate religion

* Allah Peliharakan Sultan (God Bless the Sultan)
* O Canada
* National Anthem of Colombia ("...who died on the Cross.") ("The Virgin her hairs...")
* God Bless Fiji
* God Bless Our Homeland Ghana
* Isten, áldd meg a magyart (God, bless the Hungarian)
* Lofsöngur ("Ó, guð vors land" - "Oh, our country's god")
* Hatikvah (The Hope)
* Allahu Akbar (God is Great)
* God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen
* Wilhelmus (most of the verses contain a link to religion and the 6th verse is entirely devoted to God)
* Ja, vi elsker dette landet
* National Anthem of Russia
* Boze Pravde (Боже Правде; God of Justice)
* God Save Our Solomon Islands
* God zij met ons Suriname
* İstiklâl Marşı (Independence March)
* God Save the Queen
* Inno e Marcia Pontificale (Hymn and Pontifical March)

Old anthems

*: God Save the South
*: God Save the Tsar!

National mottos

* "Dios, Patria, Libertad" (Spanish, God, Country, Liberty) [Article 93 of cite web|url=|title=Constitución politica de la Republica Domenica de 2002|accessdate=2006-08-05es]
* In God We Trust
* "Dieu et mon Droit" (God and my right)

ee also

*Pledge of Allegiance, "under God" controversy


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