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Posted: 9/25/2005 5:38:17 PM EDT
In other countries, is the national flag flown as much as it is here in America? Just asking because I was driving down the road and a saw US flags on 5 houses in a row and I though to myself: If someone was here, there would be no mistaking you were in the USA.

Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:39:05 PM EDT
Nope.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:39:57 PM EDT
Not in any country I've ever been to
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:43:09 PM EDT
Yes and its usually the US Flag only it is on FIRE
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:44:08 PM EDT
In my previous travels I have seen nothing of the sort.

In fact that is one of the things that a visiting delegation of Iraqis noticed - they could not comprehend why everyone was flying the flag when it was not mandated.

I'm looking at 24 square feet of Old Glory on the wall to the right of me.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:46:45 PM EDT
I got one hanging behind me in my bedroom window.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:48:20 PM EDT
I spent a week in El Salvador once. We've even got more of their flags here than they have there.

Their cops have way cooler weapons though. Security guards all over the place with riot 12 ga.'s. Hot chic cops with Uzi's.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:51:44 PM EDT
I saw it quite often when I was in Ireland in August.

Not as much as over here though.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:53:04 PM EDT
Mexico has A LOT.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:54:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2005 5:55:37 PM EDT by CRC]
Go to the EU countries and you'll see as many EU flags as national flags
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:57:02 PM EDT
Around here there are more god damn mexican chicken and worm flags than anything.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 6:32:46 PM EDT
Hmmm, I think I see a pattern here...

Bob
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 6:56:20 PM EDT
I am in Japan now and in the rural areas, I would think about 5% of houses fly the Japanese flag on holidays which is the custom.
In apartment blocks I would guess about 1 in a thousand
All police, JSDF bases, fire stations, government run university’s, have the national flag and the prefectual flag out in the daytime.
Surprisingly, only about one third of government offices have the flag out.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 7:42:12 PM EDT
I think it depends. There are many, many areas here in the U.S. where you won't see the flag displayed quite as prominently as you've noted. In my neighborhood I haven't seen a single other flag within the surrounding 40 houses.

Certainly in England I've noticed that the flag is shown in many locations but not really presented quite the same way as here (flagpoles, house displays, etc.). Generally I've seen it in windows and on the wall, bumper stickers, clothing, etc.

I also noticed the Canadian flag a lot in the more rural areas like Alberta, Canadians seem to be pretty patriotic as well.

Link Posted: 9/25/2005 7:46:15 PM EDT
I think one of the biggest reasons for not flying flags so much in other countries has to do with the dictatorships of WW2, they might not want to emulate the extrem nationalism in any way. A german woman I know has also mentioned something along these lines to me when discussing how so many Americans display flags on their cars, houses, places of business etc.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 7:51:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Nope.



+1

Actually, in the last hundred years, the U.S. flag has been flown over a lot of other countries.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 7:54:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CRC:
Go to the EU countries and you'll see as many EU flags as national flags



Are you speaking from experience? If so, what countries in the EU have you seen this in? Because if not, you are either

(1) talking out of your ass, or
(2) NOT describing ALL European Union countries.


I've been to Denmark twice in the past year, and I did not see a SINGLE - not one - EU flag in the whole two weeks I was there. Both times, I spent a lot of time in Copenhagen, as well as driving around much of northern Zealand. Lots of Danish flags flying, and lots of Danish banners* - but no EU flags anywhere to be seen.

While I was there in the summer, it was just after one of the referendums elsewhere in Europe that rejected the EU constitution, and I did see an EU coffin, in a demonstration that was celebrating the death of the EU constitution


* - just to clarify, there is an official "banner" version of the Danish flag that a lot of people fly on their home flagpole. The reason for that is that you are allowed to fly the banner at night, but not the flag - and in Denmark, you do not see people fly their flag in the dark (it is considered very poor taste to do so). So many people get the banner and fly that on their flagpole, instead of the full flag. Here is a pic:
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 8:08:07 PM EDT
Yes. I currently live in Singapore. On the HDBs(gov subsidized apartments) maybe 1 house in every 10 flies the flag. On holidays it goes up to maybe 1 in 4.
It's kindof a corporate state.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 9:21:58 PM EDT
The French really love their Blue, White, and Red.

And those freakin canadians love their maple leaf.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 9:54:21 PM EDT
When I'm driving around Kuwait I see thier flag quite a bit.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 11:47:33 PM EDT
'Don't see too many 'round here 'cept for in front of schools, gov't buildings etc....
What I find appauling is the condition of some of the flags being displayed.
I mean... It's out there in front for all to see and noone notices that it's in tatters?

As an aside...
The flag(s) in front of my workplace were once raised up-side-down by mistake...
The local PD called in to ask if everything was okay.... 'Seems some old war vet drove by and noticed the flags being inverted and called the police.... Aparently it's a signal of distress...
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:18:33 AM EDT
I saw quite a few Canadian flags draped inside picture windows when I visited British Columbia. This was in a neighborhood that struck me as being middle to lower middle class. I also saw a Confederate navy jack. The people I met in BC were fine folks. They are nothing like the pseudo-European socialist Canadians we see depicted in the news.

Galland
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:32:14 AM EDT
I noticed a lot of flags in Canada. Not as many as here but more than I've seen in Japan, South Korea, The Philipines, Mexico or Jamaica.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:53:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tisfortexas:
Around here there are more god damn mexican chicken and worm flags than anything.



Golden eagle and rattlesnake, dummy.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:15:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 2:20:48 AM EDT by QUIB]

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Originally Posted By CRC:
Go to the EU countries and you'll see as many EU flags as national flags



Are you speaking from experience? If so, what countries in the EU have you seen this in? Because if not, you are either

(1) talking out of your ass, or
(2) NOT describing ALL European Union countries.


I've been to Denmark twice in the past year, and I did not see a SINGLE - not one - EU flag in the whole two weeks I was there. Both times, I spent a lot of time in Copenhagen, as well as driving around much of northern Zealand. Lots of Danish flags flying, and lots of Danish banners* - but no EU flags anywhere to be seen.

While I was there in the summer, it was just after one of the referendums elsewhere in Europe that rejected the EU constitution, and I did see an EU coffin, in a demonstration that was celebrating the death of the EU constitution


* - just to clarify, there is an official "banner" version of the Danish flag that a lot of people fly on their home flagpole. The reason for that is that you are allowed to fly the banner at night, but not the flag - and in Denmark, you do not see people fly their flag in the dark (it is considered very poor taste to do so). So many people get the banner and fly that on their flagpole, instead of the full flag. Here is a pic:
www.danomast.dk/grafik/1_vimpelstang.jpg




I’ll have to side with DK-Prof on this one as far as the EU flag goes.

I lived in Germany for over 13 years and can never remember one instance where I saw a German National flag flying on private property or at a place of residence.

My wife is a born and raised German and she says the same thing and has commented on how we fly the American flag more here than the Germans fly their flag.

Now, I have seen different configurations of the country of origin stickers you see on euro vehicles, many with the countries flag on them.

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:26:27 AM EDT
Nope. Not in Germany they dont....but the local who runs the carwash down the road off post has an American flag flying over his carwash on a regulation pole.

Gets my business every time - does a good job, and loves to bullshit around afterwards. Always worth a laugh.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:29:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By WIgunnut:
Yes and its usually the US Flag only it is on FIRE





More seriously, that happens in some intolerant islamic countries.

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:38:47 AM EDT
I've been all over the world and not seen as many flags as I see here. I also have to agree with DK on the EU flag. Been to Europe many many times as recently as June (GB) and yes the Union Jack was out but not like here.

Bomber

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:47:29 AM EDT
I see LOTS of Afghan flags here. Probably more than I see US flags back home.

Lots of tribal colors/flags as well.

And once a guy franticly trying to take down a Taliban flag as we drove in to the villiage.... life is hard when you are stupid...............
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 3:10:15 AM EDT
maybe Puerto Rico.....but mainly they just hand em from their rear-view mirror.
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