Tuesday, 13 December 2016

England, Wales and Scotland To Get Their Own Flag Emojis In 2017


Flags of England, Wales and Scotland will finally be available as smartphone emojis from next year, after getting approval from computer chiefs.

The Union Jack is already available in emoji form, but there is currently no St George's cross, St Andrew's cross or Welsh Dragon.

Flags for countries including Djibouti, Curaçao, and Ascension Island - which has a population of fewer than 1,000 people - all have their own flag icons.

But Scotland, Wales and England - with a population of more than 53 million people - have all had to go without.

The new flag emojis will be available on smartphones and tablets in 2017 after getting approval from Unicode, the authority on computer text and characters.

Welshman Nick Morgan, 32, of Swansea, said: "It's weird there wasn't one anyway. I can get flags for countries all over the world but not the place where I was born and raised.

"Wales has a great flag and I'm very proud of it. We should have our own emoji and this has been a long time coming.

"I'm glad this has finally happened it will make for good banter with my English and Scottish friends during the Six Nations."

Unicode has recommended the flags are made available, but it will be up to manufacturers to add the new emojis to their keyboards.

Flags for individual US states were also approved, but the flag for Northern Ireland has not been included in the proposal, as it does not have official status.



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