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A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering and manifesting itself to the world as a national community: the sovereign states but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a 'nationality' despite having no political autonomy.[1]

National symbols intend to unite people by creating visual, verbal, or iconic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history. These symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of patriotism or aspiring nationalism (such as independence, autonomy or separation movements) and are designed to be inclusive and representative of all the people of the national community.

Common official national symbols

National flag of India
National flag of India

Unofficial national symbols

The mountain Kriváň - one of the unofficial symbols of Slovakia
The mountain Kriváň - one of the unofficial symbols of Slovakia

In many ways, well-known sights in a country can also be seen as national symbols, as can traditional items of handicraft, folk costumes, natural monuments, national epics and national myths, as well as symbols used by national sports teams and their supporters.

Nationaltheater and Goethe–Schiller Monument in Weimar one of the national symbols of Germany (1996)
Nationaltheater and Goethe–Schiller Monument in Weimar one of the national symbols of Germany (1996)

See also

References

  1. ^ "England's National Symbols". england.org.za. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. National symbols are defined as the symbols or icons of a national community (such as England), used to represent that community in a way that unites its people.