Glory to the user of Wikipedia who has compiled all the license plates of our continent, from France to Azerbaijan…
Sometimes a good surprise awaits us on an online encyclopedia. On the Wikipedia sheet “license plate”, we discovered this map of Europe. Not really pretty, but rather informative, it allows us to discover at a glance the graphics used on the front of vehicles in around fifty countries.
Two main schools are emerging: whites and yolks. The latter shade is still used in the United Kingdom (as well as in the Isle of Man, Jersey or Gibraltar), the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The black background plate – which existed in France before the 1is January 1993 – is still in force in Liechtenstein and on the Channel Island of Guernsey.
Most countries have also adopted the blue side stripe, even if they are not part of the European Union. Example: Norway, Serbia or Moldova.
Some States shown on this map are not even recognized by the international community. Like the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, born of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia in 2014. We recognize the black-blue-red flag on horseback on the border between the two countries. Proof that this good old license plate is still a key symbol of any organization that intends to become a State …
Illustration : Walser.FL / CC-BY-1.0
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