Known to have the oldest national flag designs all over the world, the flag of Monaco is popular for its equal and horizontal bands of color. The colors present in this flag are red, which is situated on top, and white. Both are known to be the heraldic colors since 1339 in the House of Grimaldi.
However, in 1881, a newer version of the flag was adopted. The present design of the flag came into existence last April 4, 1881 and this was introduced to the entire population of Monaco through Prince Charles III. The present flag is considered to be a great representation of the Principality of Monaco. Founded by Prince Charles III, it was created based on the colors in Monaco’s coat of arms.
The present flag of Monaco, however, is still created similarly to that of the older version. It still bore the colors red and white, which are divided horizontally. The only difference is that the original flag contained an older version of the coat of arms of Monaco.
The Monaco flag is used by its people in a number of ways. It is used as a civil and national flag on land. People in Monaco also use the flag as a civil and national pennant on sea. The flag in Monaco can also be compared similarly to the flags of other countries. It is somewhat identical to the Indonesian flag except for its height to width ratio. It is also a bit similar to the flag of Hesse, which is a German state. The only difference can be found on the length of the two flags. The flag of Monaco can also be similarly associated to that of Singapore, Poland and Thuringia, which is also a state in Germany. This flag is considered to be one of the oldest flags in the world.