European countries with lions on flag

Have you ever noticed that Europe is full of lions? Sculptures, heads, paintings, countries flags, mythology, writings, etc. I never thought about this while living in East Europe. I never even question why is there so many lions if there’s no real lions on territory of Europe.

On territory of Europe lions used to be inhabitants of Balkans, Ukraine, Germany and Mediterranean sea side (Spain, France, Italy, Greece). Some lions migrated as far as Russia. In Homer’s poems lions mentioned 45 times. Aristotle (4th century BC) provided valuable data on lion’s behavior, breading, distribution. European lions was stranger compared to African lions (this mentioned in Pliny the Elder). In Roman Empire lions from Greece used for gladiators fights and lions from North Africa used for lion baiting.

Lions have been an important symbol because of it’s majestic appearance and strength. Lion is associated with royalty and this is the main reason why lions featured on many national flags.

Here’s a list of European countries and provinces featuring lions on flag:

Jersey
Montenegro
Spain
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (British crown dependencies)
Flanders flag (Belgium)
Flag of Auvergne-Rhone Alpes
Flag of Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Flag of Normandy
Flag of Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate
Flag of Saarland
Flag of Lazio
Flag of Veneto
Flag of Limburg
Flag of South Holland
Flag of Zeeland
Flag of Pomeranian Voivodeship
Flag of Andalusia
Flag of Castile and León
Flag of Extremadura
Flag of Lviv

I’ve done my best to select European flags with lion symbol on it. I might missed a few but most of it you can see in my blog post.

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