Quiz: Flag and anthem gaffes

7 questions on flags and anthems

Olympic organisers have had to apologise to the North Korean women's football team after their images were shown on a screen beside a South Korean flag ahead of a match in Glasgow. How well do you know your flags and anthems?

A North Korean official points at the wrong flag

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Kazakhstan's shooting team was left stunned when a version of an anthem recorded by Borat was played at a medal ceremony in Kuwait. What did they do?

  1. Storm off
  2. Burst into laughter
  3. Stand quietly

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A South African reggae singer who was criticised for his poor rendition of his rugby team's national anthem ahead of a match against France blamed:

  1. Sabotage
  2. Ill health
  3. Nerves

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Vietnam displayed the wrong Chinese flag during a welcoming ceremony for Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping. What was wrong?

Girls waving wrong flag
  1. The colour
  2. The number of stars
  3. It was Taiwan's flag

4.) Multiple Choice Question

An English opera singer who performed the Croatian national anthem ahead of a crucial Euro 2008 match at Wembley got the lyrics slightly wrong. He roughly sang "My dear, my penis is a mountain", when he should have sung:

Tony Henry
  1. "We love your mountains"
  2. "We love your lakes"
  3. "We love your beaches"

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The verse containing the words 'Deutschland, Deutschland Ueber Alles' has long been omitted from the German national anthem. But it resurfaced again at a football match against Austria in 2008. How?

Euro 2008 football
  1. Team learned wrong lyrics
  2. TV ran the wrong subtitles
  3. Extremists grabbed the mic

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Kazakhstan again, and the opening of a skiing festival in the Kostanay region should have been opened with the national anthem. Organisers instead treated dignitaries to:

Disco balls
  1. Michael Jackson, Thriller
  2. Madonna, Like a Virgin
  3. Ricky Martin, Livin' la Vida Loca

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The Union Jack was displayed upside down at the signing of a trade agreement between Britain and China in Downing Street in 2009. The government issued a statement saying the incident was:

Upside down Union Jack
  1. Nothing to worry about
  2. Regrettable
  3. Deplorable


  1. It's stand quietly. They later asked for the ceremony to be rerun. The team's coach told Kazakh media the organisers had downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake.
  2. It's sabotage. Singer Ras Dumisani blamed the match organisers for his poor performance of the anthem, saying the orchestra played too fast and his microphone was too old.
  3. It's stars. Children were given flags with six stars instead of five to wave at a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi.
  4. It's mountains. Tony Henry should have sung 'Mila kuda si planina' which roughly means 'You know my dear how we love your mountains' , but he instead sang 'Mila kura si planina'.
  5. It's wrong subtitles. Swiss national channel SRG ran subtitles to the obsolete first verse - ignored since the fall of the Third Reich. The error was blamed on poor research by junior editors.
  6. It's Ricky Martin. As officials stood with their hands on their hearts, a recording of Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca blared out of the speaker. It was quickly turned off and replaced with the correct tune.
  7. It's "regrettable". A plastic flag was flown incorrectly for a ceremony involving Gordon Brown, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and Trade Secretary Lord Mandelson. It should be hung with the thick white parts of the diagonal cross nearest the flagpole being placed above the thinner white parts.

Your Score

0 - 1 : Bronze

2 - 5 : Silver

6 - 7 : Gold

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