flag, a white cross on a red field, is possibly the most widely appropriated national symbol. Directly, it forms integral parts of the corporate logos of Victorinox
, . It's inverse, a red cross on a white field, is used by the Geneva
based International Committee of the Red Cross
, and hostpitals around the world.
The Swiss flag has it's origins in Ancient Rome, when a the modern canton
was the home of a crack Roman Legion
. The white on red
cross was awarded to the legion for it's bravery, and more poignantly, discipline
. The Symbol continued to be used well after Rome's influence had waned, was adopted by the new Helvetican Conferation
, and remained as it grew into modern Switzerland.
In the 20th Century, the Swiss flag was the subject of three referenda
proposing that it's shape be changed to a rectangle. Instead, the Swiss flag remains the only square