Althogh many countries hang flags as a sign of pride and patriotism, some truly take it to the next level. Other recent years, there has been somewhat of a competition between countries to see who can establish the world's tallest flagpole. Below we list these countries, as well as examples of the times they have gone to such great lengths.
Countries With the World's Tallest Flagpoles
1. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (560 feet)
Located in the middle of king Abdullah Square in Saudi Arabia, the Jeddah flagpole is approximately 560 feet tall. It is the world’s tallest flagpole. The Al-Babtain Power and Telecom, and the Abdul L Jameel community-initiative built this flagpole in September 2014 using five hundred tons of steel. The Jeddah flagpole broke the record of the tallest flagpole in 2014 which was previously held by the flagpole of Dushanbe.
2. Dushanbe, Tajikistan (541 feet)
The 2nd tallest flagpole in the world is in Dushanbe, Tajikistan right in front of the Palace of Nations. The Dushanbe flagpole is 541 feet high and supports a 98 foot by 197 foot flag which weighs about 1,540 pounds. The flagpole is made up of 39.4 foot steel tube sections. The design process of the flagpole began in July 2009.
3. Baku, Azerbaijan (531 feet)
The 3rd tallest flag in the world is in the city square of Baku, called the National Flag Square. The 531 foot flagpole flies a 230 foot by 115 foot flag in the middle of the city square. The 150 acres square features Azerbaijan’s map, anthem and coat of arms. Trident support built the flagpole. Unfortunately, the National square closed their doors to the public. However, the flagpole descended in October 2017.
4. Kijongdong, North Korea (525 feet)
In the 1980s, South Korea built a 323 foot flagpole which flew a 287 pound flag, and North Korea responded by installing an even taller Panmunjom flagpole. Located in Kijongdong, the 525 foot flagpole flies a 595 pound North Korean flag. For more than a decade, it was the world's tallest, holding the distinction until 2010.
5. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (436 feet)
The Ashgabat flagpole, which was installed on June 26, 2008, is situated in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The 436 foot flag pole is the 5th tallest in the world.
6. Amman, Jordan (416 feet)
The 416 foot Raghadan flagpole is on the Raghadan palace grounds in Al-Maquar royal compound in Amman, Jordan. King Abdullah II hoisted the country's official flag measuring 200 feet by 100 feet on June 10, 2003. The flagpole is clearly visible from 12 miles away.
7. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (400 feet)
The 7th tallest flag in the world was installed on the Corniche break-waters in Abu Dhabi. The 400 foot flagpole was the tallest when it was erected on December 22, 2001, to commemorate the country’s 30th national day. The steel flagpole flies a 65.6 foot by 131.2 foot Emirates flag.
8. Sheboygan, United States (394 feet)
Located in Sheboygan, the Acuity flag is the tallest flagpole in the United States. The 394 foot flagpole flies 350 pound flag when the climate is harsh and a 220 pound flag when the weather is calm. The flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds, and on June 16, 2014, Acuity insurance dedicated the flag to those who served and helped keep the world safe.
9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (328 feet)
The 328 foot flagpole is located in Merdeka Square right in front of the building of Sultan Abdul-Samad. On August 31, 1957, the union flag was replaced with the flag of the Malayan when the country gained their independence. The Kuala Lumpur flagpole was once the tallest in the world until 1980 when North Korea built their flagpole.
Who Has Held the Record of the Tallest Flagpole the Longest?
Kuala Lumpur held the title for over 20 years, from when they erected their flag in 1957 until 1980 when North Korea took over the number one spot. The National Square flag surpassed the North Korean flagpole after 20 years. The Dushanbe flagpole which was erected in 2011 was surpassed in 2014 after three years.
The World's Tallest Flagpoles
|Rank||Flagpole Location||Height (Feet/Meters)|
|1||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||560/170|
|4||Kijongdong, North Korea||525/160|
|7||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||400/123|
|8||Sheboygan, United States||394/120|
|9||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||328/100|