THE UNIVERSAL COMPENDIUM

Flag

National

Ratio

Adopted

Usage

Symbolism

 

Afghanistan 2:3 2004
National
· Black: the past
· Red: blood shed for independence; or, bravery
· Green: Islam, hope for the future; or, agricultural prosperity
· National coat of arms
 

Akrotiri 1:2 1960
As in the UK
(Territory of UK)
[See UK]
 


Albania 5:7 7 Apr. 1992
National
· Black eagle: national emblem linked to the 15th century hero Skanderbeg
 

Algeria 2:3 3 July 1962
National and
Civil
· Green: Islam
· White: purity and peace
· Red crescent and star of Islam: from 16th century Ottoman rule (red: liberty; longer horns: increased or good fortune and happiness)
 

American Samoa 1:2 27 Apr. 1960
Official
(Territory of
USA)
· American bald eagle holding traditional Samoan symbols of a war club and a coconut fibre fly whisk
· Red and white: traditional colours of Samoa and the US
· Combination mimics the US Great Seal, reflecting relationship between both lands
 


Andorra 7:10 10 July 1996
National and Civil
· Blue and red: from French flag
· Yellow and red: from Spanish flag
· National coat of arms
Angola 2:3 11 Nov. 1975
National and Civil
· Red: liberty
· Black: African continent
· Half cogwheel and machete: agriculture and industry; or, workers and peasants
(Colours and star adopted from the People's Liberation Movement of Angola)
Anguilla 1:2 1990
Official
(Territory of UK)
· Union Flag: British ties
· Territory's coat of arms
Antigua and Barbuda 2:3 27 Feb. 1967
National and Civil
· Black: African heritage
· White: hope
· Blue: Caribbean Sea; or, hope
· Red: dynamism of the people
· V-shape: victory
· Rising sun: new era
(Or yellow, white and blue refer to sun, sea and sand)
Argentina 5:8 12 Feb. 1812
National and Civil
· Blue and white from cockades worn by revolutionaries of 1812; or, the skies and snow of the Andes
· Sun: the Sun of May, with features of Inti, the Inca god of the sun; commemorates appearance of the sun through cloudy skies on 25 May 1810 during independence demonstrations

Armenia

1:2 24 Aug. 1990
National and Civil
· Blue: hope and the Armenian skies
· Red: Armenian blood spilt during independence struggle
· Orange: blessings of hard work, the land and the courage of its farmers
Aruba 2:3 18 Mar. 1976
Official
(Territory of Netherlands)
· Star: Aruba with red soil and white beaches
· Four star points: four major languages (Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish, English); four compass points indicating the inhabitants come from all over the world
· Blue: Caribbean waters and skies
· Stripes: two major industries of tourism and minerals
Ashmore and Cartier Islands 1:2 1933
As in Australia
(Territory of Australia)
[See Australia]
Australia 1:2 29 May 1909
National and Civil
· Union Flag: British ties
· Large seven-pointed Commonwealth or Federation Star: federation of the colonies, one point for each of the original colonies
· Stars Southern Cross constellation
Austria 2:3 1 May 1945
National and Civil
· Red and white: blood-soaked tunic of Duke Leopold V of Austria who, after removing his belt, revealed a white band; the colours he then adopted for his banner
Azerbaijan 1:2 5 Feb. 1991
National and Civil
· Green: Islam
· Blue: Turkic heritage
· Red: European influence; or, modernisation and progress
· White crescent of Islam and eight-pointed star representing the eight Turkic peoples
Bahamas 1:2 10 July 1973
National
· Black: strength of the people
· Blue: Caribbean Sea
· Yellow: islands' beaches
· Triangle: enterprise and determination of the people
Bahrain 3:5 2002
National and Civil
· Red and white: traditional colours of the Gulf states flags
· Serrated band points: five pillars of Islam
Bangladesh 3:5 25 Jan. 1972
National
· Green: the land or vegetation
· Red disc: rising sun and struggle for independence

Barbados

2:3 30 Nov. 1966
National and Civil
· Blue: the sea and sky
· Gold: the beaches
· Head of a trident: a break with the past and independence
Belarus 1:2 16 May 1995
National and Civil
· Red: past struggles from oppression
· Green: hope and the country's forests
· National ornament of woven cloth
Belgium 13:15 23 Jan. 1831
National and Civil
· Colours from arms of duchy of Brabant
· Vertical layout from French flag
Belize 2:3 21 Sept. 1981
National and Civil
· Blue: colour of the People's United Party (PUP)
· Red: colour of the  United Democratic Party (UDP)
· National coat of arms
· Wreath of fifty leaves surrounding the arms: 1950, year the PUP gained power
Benin 2:3 16 Nov. 1959
National and Civil
· Red: courage
· Green: hope and revival
· Yellow: wealth
(Pan-African colours symbolising African unity and nationalism)
Bermuda 1:2 Oct. 1967
Official
(Territory of UK)
· Union Flag: British ties
· Territory's coat of arms
Bhutan 2:3 c. 1965
National and Civil
· Yellow: ruling dynasty
· Druk (Thunder Dragon): national emblem
· Orange: Buddhism, Drukpa monasteries and religious practices
Bolivia 2:3 30 Nov. 1851
National and Civil
· Red: valour and blood of national heroes
· Yellow: nation's mineral reserves
· Green: fertility of the land
· National coat of arms
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:2 4 Feb. 1998
National and Civil
· Triangle: Bosnia's geographical shape with its three points standing for Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs
· Stars: Europe
· White, blue and yellow: traditional nationals colours also associated with neutrality and peace
Botswana 2:3 30 Sept. 1966
National and Civil
· Black and white: racial harmony
· Blue: water and life
Bouvet Island 8:11 1928
As in Norway
(Territory of Norway)
[See Norway]
Brazil 7:10 15 Nov. 1889
National and Civil
· Green: the forests
· Yellow rhombus: mineral resources
· 27 stars: each state in the Federation and the federal district
· Blue circle: sky over Rio de Janeiro on 15 Nov. 1889 when the Republic was declared
· White equatorial band with national motto 'Order and Progress'
British Indian Ocean Territory 1:2 1990
Official
(Territory of UK)
· Palm tree: island's vegetation
· Crown: British possession
· Wavy stripes: Indian Ocean
· Stripes: possibly the six atolls of the archipelago
British Virgin Islands 1:2 1956
Official
(Territory of UK)
· Union Flag: British ties
· Islands' coat of arms
Brunei 1:2 29 Sept. 1959
National and Civil
· Yellow: the sultanate
· Black and white bands: chief ministers
· National emblem
Bulgaria 2:3 22 Nov. 1990
National and Civil
· White: love of peace
· Red: army's valour
· Green: youthfulness of the emerging nation; or, freedom
(Green replaced blue in Pan-Slav red, white and blue colours)
Burkina Faso 2:3 4 Aug. 1984

National and Civil

· Red: 1984 revolution; or, the struggle for independence
· Green: country's resources; or, hope and abundance
· Star: guiding light of the revolution; or, the country's mineral wealth
Burundi 2:3 28 June 1867
National and Civil
· Green: hope and optimism
· White: peace and purity
· Red: blood shed for independence
· Stars: three ethnic groups of Tutsi, Hutu and Twa and three elements in the national motto (unity, work, progress)

Cambodia

2:3

29 June 1993

National and Civil

· Red and blue: traditional national colours
· Temple of Angkor Wat

Cameroon

2:3

20 May 1975

National and Civil

· Pattern from France's flag
· Green: hope and the forests in the south
· Red: unity
· Yellow: prosperity; or, the sun, happiness and the savannahs in the north
· Star of unity
(Pan-African colours symbolising African unity and nationalism)

Canada

1:2

15 Feb. 1965

National and Civil

· Maple leaf: national emblem
· White: the snowy north
· Red: sacrifices made in World War I

Cape Verde

10:17

25 Feb. 1992

National and Civil

· Blue: Atlantic Ocean and the sky
· Red stripe between two white stripes: road to formation of the country through peace (white) and effort (red)
· Ten stars: nation's united ten major islands

Cayman Islands

1:2

14 May 1958

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Islands' coat of arms

Central African Republic

2:3

1 Dec. 1958

National and Civil

· French flag and Pan-African colours are combined
· Vertical red stripe: unity and the blood of humanity; or, blood spilt in the independence struggle
· Blue: sky and freedom
· White: peace and dignity
· Green: hope and faith
· Yellow: tolerance
· Star: hope of a union under France; or, aspiration towards a vibrant future

Chad

2:3

6 Nov. 1959

National and Civil

· Two French flag and two Pan-African colours are combined
· Red: progress, unity, and sacrifice, and blood spilt in the independence struggle
· Yellow: sun and desert in the north
· Blue: sky and waters of the south

Chile

2:3

18 Oct. 1817

National and Civil

· Based on US flag
· White: snow of the Andes
· Red: blood shed for freedom and independence
· Blue: Andean skies
· Star: guide to progress and honour

China

2:3

1 Oct. 1949

National and Civil

· Large star: communism
· Smaller stars: the social classes (working class, peasantry, urban petty bourgeoisie, national bourgeoisie [capitalists])
· Red: communist revolution and traditional colour of the Chinese

Christmas Island

1:2

2002

Official
(Aus. territory)

· Golden Bosun Bird: island's emblem
· Southern Cross: Australia
· Map of the island

Clipperton Island

2:3

1935

As in France
(Possession of France)

[See France]

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

1:2

1955

As in Australia
(Territory of Australia)

[See Australia]

Colombia

2:3

17 Dec. 1819

National

· Yellow: the land's gold; or, sovereignty and justice
· Blue: independence from Spain; or, the seas; or, loyalty and vigilance
· Red: blood spilt for freedom; or, valour and generosity
(Original colours of Gran Colombia flag)

Comoros

2:3

Jan. 2002

Government and Civil

· Crescent of Islam
· Green: Islam
· Stars: nation's four islands
· Stripes: nation's four islands


Democratic Republic of the Congo

2:3

18 Feb. 2006

National and Civil

· Gold stripes: hope in the future; or, country's wealth and prosperity
· Red diagonal: blood shed in civil wars; or, the country's martyrs
· Blue: peace and hope
· Star: unity and country's brilliant future



Republic of the Congo

2:3

20 Nov. 1959

National and Civil

· Pan-African colours
· Green: agriculture and forests
· Yellow: friendship and nobility of the people
· Red: associated with independence struggle

Cook Islands

1:2

4 Aug. 1979

Official
(Association with NZ)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Blue: peaceful ocean nation
· Stars: equality of the fifteen islands; faith in God

Coral Sea Islands

1:2

1969

As in Australia
(Territory of Australia)

[See Australia]

Costa Rica

3:5

29 Sept. 1848

National and State

· Colours from France's flag
· Blue: sky, opportunity, and perseverance
· White: peace, happiness, and wisdom
· Red: blood shed for freedom; generosity and vibrancy of the people

Côte d'Ivoire

2:3

3 Dec. 1959

National and Civil

· Design from France's flag
· Orange: savannah grasslands of the north and fertility
· Green: forests of the south and hope for a bright future
· White: country's rivers; or, peace and unity

Croatia

1:2

22 Dec. 1990

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Pan-Slav red, white and blue colours

Cuba

1:2

20 May 1902

National and Civil

· Lone Star: lights the way to freedom
· Red: blood shed in independence struggle
· Triangle: liberty, equality, fraternity
· Blue bands: three old divisions of the island (central, occidental, oriental)
·  White bands: purity of the independence ideal
(Design from US stars and stripes, star from flag of Texas)

Curacao

2:3

2 July 1984

Official
(Country of Netherlands)

· Stars: the two islands; peace, happiness
· Five star points: five continents from which island's people derive
· Upper blue section: sky
· Lower blue section: sea, loyalty
· Yellow: sun, happy nature of the inhabitants

Cyprus

3.5

16 Aug. 1960

National and Civil

· Copper colour: island's name
· Olive branches: hope for peace and reconciliation between Greek and Turkish communities

 


Northern Cyprus

2.3

1983

National and Civil

· Based on the Turkish flag, but with reversed colours

Czech Republic

2:3

30 Mar. 1920

National and Civil

· White and red: heraldic colours of Bohemia
· Blue triangle: state of Moravia

Denmark

28:37

1625

National and Civil

· Based on a legend that a red flag with a white cross fell from the sky and was caught by the king during a 13th century battle
· May originate from a crusader banner or ensign

Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area

1:2

1960

As in the UK
(Territory of UK)

[See UK]

Djibouti

2:3
or 21:38

27 June 1977

National and Civil

· Blue: sea, sky and the Issa people
· Green: the earth, the Afar people and their links with Islam
· White: peace
· Star: struggle for independence and state unity

Dominica

1:2

3 Nov. 1978

National and Civil

· Yellow: sunshine, main agricultural products (citrus and bananas), the Carib Indians
· Black: fertile soil and African heritage
· Green: country's vegetation
· White: rivers, waterfalls and the purity of aspirations
· Triple-coloured cross: Christian Trinity
· Stars: the ten parishes
· Red disc: social justice
· Sisserou parrot: a national symbol

Dominican Republic

2:3

6 Nov. 1844

National and state

· Blue: liberty
· Red: blood of heroes
· White: salvation
· Cross: Trinitarian independence movement symbol
· National coat of arms

East Timor

1:2

20 May 2002

National and Civil

· Star: hope, peace, guiding light
· Black: obscurantism, past oppression
· Yellow: past colonialism; or, country's wealth
· Red: struggle for national liberation

Ecuador

1:2

26 Sept. 1860

National

· Yellow: federation colour; or, sunshine, grain, and mineral wealth
· Blue: independence from Spain; or, the sky, sea, and rivers
· Red: courage; or, blood of patriots spilt in struggle for freedom and justice
· National coat of arms
(Original colours of Gran Colombia flag)

Egypt

2:3

4 Oct. 1984

National and Civil

· Black: oppression
· Red: bloody struggle
· White: bright future
· Eagle of Saladin national emblem
(Band colours from Arab Liberation flag)

El Salvador

189:335

17 May 1912

National and State

· Blue bands: Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
· White band: land between the two bodies of waters, and peace and prosperity
· National coat of arms
(Based on flag of Federal Republic of Central America)

Equatorial Guinea

2:3

12 Oct. 1968

National and Civil

· Blue triangle: the sea
· Green: jungle and natural resources
· White: peace
· Red: fight for independence
· National coat of arms

Eritrea

1:2

24 May 1993

National and Civil

· Olive branch encircled by wreath: Eritrean autonomy
· Green: country's agriculture economy
· Blue: bounty of the sea
· Red: blood spilt in fight for freedom
· Red triangle: shape of the country
(Colours from Eritrean People's Liberation Front)

Estonia

7:11

8 May 1990

National and Civil

· White: virtue, striving towards enlightenment, struggle for freedom, the snow, birch bark, summer nights under the midnight sun
· Blue: loyalty, faith, devotion, sky, sea and lakes
· Black: past oppression and the soil

Ethiopia

1:2

6 Feb. 1996

National and Civil

· Red: strength and sacrifice
· Green: fertility of the land, hope
· Yellow: peace and love; or, justice and harmony
· National emblem

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

1:2

1948

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Island's coat of arms

Faroe Islands

8:11

1940

Official
(Part of Kingdom of  Denmark)

· White: clear sky, foam of the waves
· Red and blue: traditional colours

Fiji

1:2

10 Oct. 1970

National and Civil

· Union Flag:  British ties
· Blue: Pacific Ocean
· National coat of arms

Finland

11:18

29 May 1918

National and Civil

· White: snows of winter
· Blue: the skies and lakes
(Based on the Scandinavian cross)

France

2:3

15 Feb. 1794

National and Civil

· Blue and red: Parisian militia
· White: House of Bourbon
· Red, white and blue: liberty, equality and fraternity



French Guiana

2:3

1794

As in France (Overseas dept of France)

[See France]

 



French Guiana

2:3

2010

Unofficial

· Green: forests
· Yellow: land's treasures
· Red star: socialist orientation




 

French Polynesia

2:3

1844

Official occasions (Overseas country of France]

[See France]

 



French Polynesia

2:3

1984

Official

· National coat of arms
· Red and white: traditional Polynesian colours

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

2:3

1794

As in France
(Possession of France)

[See France]

Gabon

3:4

9 Aug. 1960

National and Civil

· Gold: the equator and sun
· Green: forests and natural resources
· Blue: sea

Gambia

2:3

18 Feb. 1965

National and Civil

· Red: the savannah and sun
· Blue: Gambia River
· Green: forests and agriculture
· White: peace and unity

Georgia

2:3

14 Jan. 2004

National and Civil

· Large red cross of St George
· Four small crosses: possibly based on the 'Jerusalem' cross

Germany

3:5

23 May 1949

National and Civil

· Interpretations include: colours appearing on the medieval banner of the Holy Roman Emperor and those from soldiers' uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars

Ghana

2:3

6 Mar. 1957

National

· Pan-African colours
· Red: blood shed for independence
· Yellow: mineral wealth
· Green: rich forests and natural wealth
· Star of African freedom

Gibraltar

1:2

1983

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Castle: territory as a fortress
· Key: territory's strategic importance in the Mediterranean
(Design from 1502 coat of arms)

Greece

2:3

1822

National and Civil

· White cross: Greek Orthodoxy
· Blue: sea and sky
· White: purity of the independence struggle
· Stripes: possibly the nine syllables in the cry 'Freedom or Death' uttered during the war of independence

Greenland

2:3

1985

Official
(Part of Kingdom of  Denmark)

· White: ice
· Red: sun
· Colours from Danish flag symbolising the link between both lands

Grenada

3:5

7 Feb. 1974

National and Civil

· Red: courage, harmony, unity and vitality
· Yellow: the sun, wisdom and warmth
· Green: vegetation and agriculture
· Six outer stars: six parishes
· Central star on red disc: the capital, St George's
· Nutmeg pod: national product

Guadeloupe

2:3

1794

As in France
(Department of France)

[See France]

Guam

22:41

1917

Official with US flag
(Territory of USA)

· Seal of the territory
· Blue: sea
· Red: blood shed in struggle against oppression
(Colours from US flag)

Guatemala

5:8

17 Aug. 1871

National and state

· Blue: Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the sea and sky
· White: purity and peace
· National coat of arms
(Based on flag of Federal Republic of Central America)

Guernsey

2:3

1985

Official, subordinate to UK flag
(British crown dependency)

· Red cross of St George: ties to England; British Crown dependency status
· Gold cross of William the Conqueror: added to differentiate from English flag

Guinea

2:3

10 Nov. 1958

National and Civil

· From France's flag, but using Pan-African colours
· Red: people's sacrifice
· Yellow: sun and earth's riches
· Green: vegetation

Guinea-Bissau

1:2

24 Sept. 1973

National and Civil

· Black star: unity of Africa
· Yellow: sun
· Green: hope
· Red: blood shed for independence

Guyana

3:5

20 May 1966

National and Civil

· Red: dynamism, sacrifice and zeal for reform
· Yellow: mineral wealth
· Green: forests and fields
· Golden arrow: bright future
· White: rivers
· Black: perseverance

Haiti

3:5

18 May 1803

National and Civil

· Blue and red (French flag): union of blacks and mulattoes
· National coat of arms

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

1:2

1947

As in Australia
(Territory of Australia)

[See Australia]

Honduras

1:2

16 Feb. 1866

National and Civil

· Blue bands: Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
· White band: land between the two bodies of waters, and peace and prosperity
· Five stars: original members of Federal Republic of Central America
(Based on flag of Federal Republic of Central America)




Hong Kong

2:3

1997

Official, subordinate to China flag
(Region of China)

· Red: motherland of China
· Bauhinia flower: national emblem
· Stars: linked to flag of China




Hungary

2:3

1 Oct. 1957

National and Civil

· Red: strength; or, blood spilt defending the land
· White: faithfulness; or, freedom
· Green: hope; or, the pasturelands
· Colours from national arms, design from French Revolution flag

Iceland

18:25

19 June 1915

National and Civil

· White: snow and ice fields
· Blue: Atlantic Ocean
· Red: volcanic fires

India

2:3

22 July 1947

National

· Orange: courage, sacrifice, spirit of renunciation
· White: peace, purity, truth
· Green: faith, fertility, chivalry
· Blue: sky and ocean
· Chakra: wheel of life in movement, death in stagnation

Indonesia

2:3

17 Aug. 1945

National and Civil

· Red: the body; or, courage
· White: the soul; or, purity
(From the banner of Majapahit Empire)

Iran

4:7

29 July 1980

National and Civil

· Green: Islam, growth
· White: honesty, peace
· Red: bravery, martyrdom
· Word 'Allah' shaped as a tulip, symbol of martyrdom
· Arabic script 'Allah Akbar' repeated eleven times on green and red band

Iraq

2:3

19 Feb. 2008

National and Civil

· Black: triumphs of Islam; or, oppression
· Red: courage; or, overcoming oppression through bloody struggle
· White: generosity; or, bright future
· Green: Islam
· Arabic script 'Allah Akbar'
(Band colours from Arab Liberation flag)

Ireland

1:2

21 Jan. 1919

National and Civil

· Green: Catholic people or Irish nationalists (Gaelic)
· Orange: Protestant people or Orange tradition (supporters of William of Orange)
· White: union/truce between the two
(Colours have no official meaning)

Isle of Man

1:2

1966

Official, subordinate to UK flag (British crown dependency)

· Triskelion
(Based on the arms of last known  Norse King of Mann)

Israel

8:11

28 Oct. 1948

National

· Blue and white: Jewish prayer shawl colours
· Shield of David

Italy

2:3

18 June 1946

National

· Red and white: Milan
· Green: Milanese civic guard uniform colour
(Inspired by the French flag through Napoleon)

Jamaica

1:2

6 Aug. 1962

National and Civil

· Green: hope, vegetation, agriculture
· Yellow: sunshine
· Black: hardships
(Pan-African colours)

Jan Mayen

8:11

1929

As in Norway
(Territory of Norway)

[See Norway]

Japan

7:10

27 Jan. 1870

National and Civil

· Red disc: the Lucky Sun
· White: honesty and purity

Jersey

3:5

7 Apr. 1981

Official, subordinate to UK flag (British crown dependency)

· Red diagonal cross on white: saltire of St Patrick
· Shield of England: used historically in Jersey as island's emblem
· yellow crown of Plantagenet: possibly island's loyalty to that dynasty

Jordan

1:2

16 Apr. 1928

National and Civil

· Black: Abbassid Caliphate
· White: Ummayyad Caliphate
· Green: Fatimid Caliphate
· Red triangle: 1916 Great Arab Revolt
· Seven-pointed star: seven opening verses of the Koran
(Pan-Arab colours)

Kazakhstan

1:2

4 June 1992

National and Civil

· Blue: endless sky; water; cultural and ethnic unity
· Sun: wealth and plenitude
· Sun rays in form of grains: abundance and prosperity
· Steppe eagle: freedom, power, flight to the future
· Traditional national ornamental pattern 'koshkar-muiz'

Kenya

2:3

12 Dec. 1963

National and Civil

· Black: majority population
· Red: blood shed in freedom struggle
· Green: natural wealth
· White: peace
· Maasai warrior shield and crossed spears: defence of freedom
(Black, red, green bands from KANU party flag)

Kiribati

1:2

12 July 1979

National and Civil

· Frigate bird: authority, freedom, command of the sea
· Wavy stripes: Pacific Ocean
· White stripes: three island groups - Gilbert, Line, Phoenix Islands
· Seventeen sun rays: 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba

Kosovo

2:3

18 Feb. 2008

National and Civil

· Stars: six major ethnic groups (Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Gorani, Roma, Bosniaks)
· Blue and yellow: EU
· Nation's map

Kuwait

1:2

7 Sept. 1961

National and Civil

· Black: defeat of the enemy
· Green: fertile fields
· Red: blood of the enemy
· White: purity
(Pan-Arab colours)

Kyrgyzstan

3:5

3 Mar. 1992

National and Civil

· Red: bravery, valour, Manas the Noble (national hero)
· Sun: peace and wealth
· Sun rays: nation's forty tribes
· Kyrgyz yurt's tunduk in the centre

Laos

2:3

2 Dec. 1975

National and Civil

· Blue: wealth, prosperity, Mekong River
· Red: blood spilt in struggle for freedom
· White disc: unity under  People's Revolutionary Party, bright future, full moon

Latvia

1:2

27 Feb. 1990

National and Civil

· Red: willingness to defend liberty, bled shed by wounded leader (legendary)
· White: sheet used to wrap wounded leader (legendary)
(In use by Latvian tribes c. 1280)

Lebanon

2:3

7 Dec. 1943

National

· Red: self-sacrifice, blood shed for liberation
· White: peace, purity, snow on mountains
· Cedar tree: holiness, eternity, strength, steadiness, happiness, prosperity

Lesotho

2:3

4 Oct. 2006

National and Civil

· Blue: water, rain
· White: peace
· Green: plenty, prosperity
· Mokorotlo (Basotho hat): indigenous people

Liberia

10:19

26 July 1847

National and Civil

· Stripes: eleven Liberian Declaration of Independence signatories
· Square: African mainland
· Star: freedom granted to the ex-slaves
· Blue: liberty, justice, fidelity
· White: purity, cleanliness, guilelessness
· Red: steadfastness, valour, fervour
(Based on US flag)

Libya

1:2

27 Feb. 2011

National

· Red: Fezzan region
· Black: Cyrenaica region
· Green: Tripolitania region
· Crescent and star: Islam

Liechtenstein

3:5

24 June 1937

National and Civil

· Crown: principality
· Blue and red: possibly from livery design used in the royal household

Lithuania

3:5

20 Mar. 1989

National and Civil

· Green: forests, freedom, hope
· Yellow: wheat, sun, light, goodness, freedom from want
· Red: patriotism, courage, blood spilt in defence on the homeland

Luxembourg

3.5

1848

National

· Colours from the grand duke's coat of arms, from the thirteenth century

Macau

2:3

1999

Official, subordinate to China flag
(Region of China)

· Lotus flower: region's floral emblem
· Three petals: region's peninsula and two islands
· Stars: linked to flag of China

Macedonia

1:2

5 Oct. 1995

National and Civil

· Sun of Liberty
· Red and yellow: traditional national colours

Madagascar

2:3

14 Oct. 1958

National and Civil

· Red: sovereignty
· Green: hope; Hova (former peasant class)
· White: purity
(Red and white originally colours of Merina Kingdom)

Malawi

2:3

6 July 1964

National and Civil

· Black: nation's African heritage
· Red: blood shed for freedom
· Green: land, nature
· Rising sun: new dawn, hope for freedom for Africa
(Colours from Malawi Congress Party)

Malaysia

1:2

16 Sept. 1963

National and Civil

· Crescent and star: Islam
· Fourteen star points: unity between the states and federal government of the federation
· Red and white stripes: equal status of the thirteen states and the federal government of the federation
· Blue: unity of the people
· Yellow: royal colour of Malay rulers

Maldives

2:3

26 July 1965

National and Civil

· Green: peace, prosperity
· Red: blood shed in independence struggle
· Crescent: Islam

Mali

2:3

1 Mar. 1961

National and Civil

· Modelled on France's flag using Pan-African colours

Malta

2:3

21 Sept. 1964

National

· George Cross: awarded to the people of Malta in 1942 by George VI of Britain for bravery and gallantry in World War II
· Red and white: from badge of Knights of Malta; or, from the banner of Count Roger of Sicily, 1091

Marshall Islands

10:19

1 May 1979

National and Civil

· Star: Cross of Christianity; or, nation's position to the north
· 24 star rays: nation's 24 electoral districts
· Four larger star rays: cultural centres Majuro, Jaluit, Wotje, Ebeye
· Orange stripe: Ralik Chain of islands, sunset, courage
· White stripe: Ratak Chain of islands, sunrise, peace
· Both stripes: the equator
· Blue: Pacific Ocean




 

Martinique

2:3

1794

As in France
(Overseas dept of France)

[See France]

 


Martinique

2:3

1766

Unofficial

· Four coiled fer-de-lances: native to the island

Mauritania

2:3

1 Apr. 1959

National and Civil

· Green: Islam
· Gold: sands of the Sahara
· Crescent and star of Islam

Mauritius

2:3

9 Jan. 1968

National

· Red: independence, self-determination
· Yellow: bright future, new light of independence, golden sunshine
· Blue: Indian Ocean
· Green: vegetation, agriculture




 

Mayotte

2:3

1843

As in France
(Overseas dept of France)

[See France]

 


Mayotte

2:3

1843

Unofficial

 

Mexico

4:7

2 Nov. 1821

National and Civil

· Red: hardiness, bravery, strength, valour
· White: peace, honesty
· Green: hope, joy, love
· National coat of arms
(Modelled on French flag)

Federated States of Micronesia

10:19

30 Nov. 1978

National and Civil

· Blue: Pacific Ocean
· Stars: nation's four islands (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap)

Moldova

1:2

12 May 1990

National and Civil

· Colours: links with Romania
· National coat of arms

Monaco

4:5

4 Apr. 1881

National and Civil

· Heraldic colours of the ruling Grimaldi family in use since 1339

Mongolia

1:2

12 Feb. 1992

Civil and State

· Soyonbo national emblem: cultural and religious philosophical principles (fire, sun, moon, earth, water, yin-yang)
· Red: progress, prosperity (originally communism)
· Sky blue: sky, nation's traditional colour

Montenegro

1:2

13 July 2004

National and Civil

· National coat of arms

Montserrat

1:2

1962

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Territory's coat of arms

Morocco

2:3

17 Nov. 1975

National and Civil

· Red: descendant of royal family from Prophet Muhammad
· Seal of Solomon: five pillars of Islam, association between God and the nation

Mozambique

2:3

1 May 1983

National and Civil

· National emblem
· Red: struggle for independence
· Green: land's riches
· Black: African continent
· Yellow: land's minerals
· White: peace
(Colours from Frente da Libertação da Moçambique party flag)

Myanmar/
Burma

2:3

21 Oct. 2010

 

· Triband colours used from 1943-45 during Japanese occupation

Namibia

2:3

21 Mar. 1990

National and Civil

· Red: heroism of the people and determination for equal opportunity
· White: peace, unity, tranquillity, harmony
· Blue: sky, Atlantic Ocean, water resources, rain
· Green: vegetation, agricultural resources
· Sun: life, energy, power, existence
(Blue, red green: South West African People's Organisation party colours; red, white, blue: Democratic Turnhalle Alliance party colours)

Nauru

1:2

31  1968

National and Civil

· Blue: skies, Pacific Ocean
· Gold stripe: Equator
· Star: nation's location in relation to Equator
· Twelve star points: nation's original tribes

Navassa Island

10:19

1857

As in the USA
(Territory of USA) 

[See USA]

Nepal

4:3

16 Dec1962

National and Civil

· Blue border: peace, harmony
· Red: from rhododendron, national flower; victory, bravery
· Upper charge: nation's royal house; Hinduism
· Lower charge: Rana family; Buddhism
· Moon: serenity of the people, shade, cool weather
· Sun: heat, nation's higher temperatures
· Two triangles: Himalaya Mountains

Netherlands

2:3

19 Feb. 1937

National and Civil

· Blue and white: originally, faith in God
· Based on the livery of William I, Prince of Orange (16th century), who used orange instead of red



 

New Caledonia

2:3

1853

As in France
(Collectivity of France)

[See France]

 


New Caledonia

1:2

July 2010

Official (Kanak flag)

  

New Zealand

1:2

12 June 1902

National

· Union Flag: British ties
· Fours stars: Southern Cross constellation

Nicaragua

3:5

4 Sept. 1908

National and Civil

· Blue: Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea
· White: land between the two bodies of waters
· National arms
(Based on flag of Federal Republic of Central America)

Niger

2:3

23 Nov. 1959

National and Civil

· Orange: Sahara region
· White: purity, innocence
· Green: hope, fertile and productive southwest along the Niger River
· Disc: sun, people's sacrifice

Nigeria

1:2

1 Oct. 1960

National

· White: Peace, unity
· Green: forests, natural wealth

Niue

1:2

Oct. 1975

Official
(Association with NZ)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Four small stars: New Zealand
· Large star: Niue
· Yellow: sunshine and friendship between Niue and New Zealand

Norfolk Island

1:2

1980

Official
(Territory of Australia)

· Green: vegetation
· Pine tree: island's symbol

Northern Mariana Islands

1:2

1976

Official
(Commonwealth in union with USA)

· Blue: Pacific Ocean
· Star: Commonwealth
· Latte stone, head wreath: native Chamorro culture


North Korea

1:2

9 Sept. 1948

National and Civil

· Blue: sovereignty, peace, friendship
· White: purity, strength, dignity
· Red: revolutionary traditions
· Star: socialism

Norway  

8:11

17 July 1821

National and Civil

· Colours: nation's past political unions with Denmark (red and white), Sweden (blue); also influenced by French flag

Oman  

1:2

25 Apr. 1995

National and Civil

· National emblem
· White: Imam of Oman, peace, prosperity
· Red: battles against foreign invaders
· Green: Jebel Akhdar, fertility

Pakistan

2:3

14 Aug. 1947

National

· White strip: non-Muslims, other minority groups
· Star: light, knowledge
· Crescent: progress
· Green: symbol of Islam

Palau  

5:8

1 Jan. 1981

National and Civil

· Full moon: peace, love, tranquillity, ideal time for celebrations and harvesting
· Blue: freedom, self-rule, ocean

Panama  

2:3

3 Nov. 1903

National and Civil

· Blue: Conservative party
· Red: Liberals party
· White: peace between the two parties
· Blue star: civic virtues of purity and honesty
· Red star: authority, law
(Inspired by US flag)

Papua New Guinea

3:4

24 June 1971

National and Civil

· Five stars: Southern Cross constellation - connection to South Pacific countries; local 'five sisters' legend
· Bird of paradise: emblem of regional tribe culture; emergence as a nation
· Red, black, yellow: traditional colours





Paraguay

1:2

25 Nov. 1842

National and Civil

· Red: bravery, patriotism
· White: integrity, peace
· Blue: liberty, generosity
· National coat of arms (obverse)
· Treasury Seal (reverse)
(Based on French flag)

Peru

2:3

25 Feb. 1825

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Red: blood spilt for independence
· White: peace

Philippines

1:2

19 May 1898

National and Civil

· Sun rays: eight provinces that revolted against Spanish rule
· Stars: nation's three main geographical divisions - Luzon, the Visayas, Mindanao
· White triangle: equality
· Blue: peace, justice, patriotism
· Red: bravery

Pitcairn Islands

1:2

1984

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· island's coat of arms

Poland

5:8

1 Aug. 1919

National

· White: desire for peace
· Red: socialism
(From 13th century Polish arms)

Portugal  

2:3

30 June 1911

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Red: revolution, blood spilt through defending the nation
· Green: explorer King Henry the Navigator; or, hope

Puerto Rico

2:3

1952

Official
(Territory of USA)

· Star: Puerto Rico
· Three sides of triangle: executive, legislative and judicial government areas
· Blue: sky, coastal waters
· Red: blood shed by warriors
· White: liberty, victory, peace

Qatar

11:28

c.1949

National and Civil

· Maroon: blood shed in Qatari wars
· White: peace
· Points on serrated edge: nation as ninth member of the 'reconciled emirates' of  Qatari-British treaty, 1916




Réunion

2:3

1794

As in France
(Overseas dept of France)

[See France]



Réunion

3:5

1794

Unofficial

 

Romania  

2:3

27 Dec. 1989

National and Civil

· Blue: Moldova
· Yellow: Wallachia
· Red: Romanian unity
(Based of French flag)

Russia  

2:3

22 Aug. 1991

National and Civil

· Based on Dutch flag adopted by Peter the Great for merchant ships
· Red: shield of Grand Principality of Moscow
· Blue: cloak of St George
· White: horse of St George
(Originator of the Pan-Slav colours)

Rwanda

1:2

31 Dec. 2001

National and Civil

· Blue: happiness and peace
· Yellow: economic growth, mineral wealth
· Green: future prosperity, natural resources
· Sun: unity, enlightenment, transparency from ignorance

Saint Barthélemy

2:3

1877

As in France
(Collectivity of France)

[See France]





 


Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

1:2

a) 1877
b) 11 May 2013
c) 20 Oct. 2002

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Island's coat of arms

Saint Kitts and Nevis
 

2:3

19 Sept. 1983
 

National and Civil

· Green: fertile land
· Red: struggle from slavery
· Yellow: sunny climate
· Black: African heritage
· Stars: nation's two islands, hope and liberty; or, independence and optimism

Saint Lucia
 

1:2
 

1 Mar. 1967

National and Civil

· Blue: sea, sky
· White and black: island's racial composition
· Gold: sunshine, prosperity
· Two larger triangles: the Pitons

Saint Martin

 

2:3

1794

As in France
(Collectivity of France)

[See France]




Saint Pierre and Miquelon

2:3

1794

As in France
(Collectivity of France)

· Three heraldic arms: colonists from Basque Country (top), Brittany (middle), Normandy (bottom)
· Blue of main part: Atlantic Ocean
· Ship: the Grande Hermine

 



Saint Pierre and Miquelon

2:3

1794
 

Unofficial

· Three heraldic arms: colonists from Basque Country (top), Brittany (middle), Normandy (bottom)
· Blue of main part: Atlantic Ocean
· Ship: the Grande Hermine

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

2:3

12 Oct. 1985

National and Civil

· Blue: sky, waters
· Yellow: sunshine; or, sands
· Green: vegetation
· Diamonds: 'Gems of the Antilles' islands
· Diamonds' V-shape: Vincent

Samoa  

1:2

1 Jan. 1962

National and Civil

· Stars: Southern Cross constellation
· Red: courage
· Blue: freedom
· White: purity

San Marino

4:5

6 April 1862

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· White: peace, Mount Titano with clouds
· Blue: liberty, sky

São Tomé and
Príncipe

1:2

5 Nov. 1975

National and Civil

· Red: struggle for independence
· Green: vegetation
· Yellow: cocoa
· Stars: nations two islands
(Pan-African colours)

Saudi Arabia

2:3

15 Mar. 1973

National and Civil

· Green: Islam
· Shahada inscription 'There is no god but God; Muhammad is the prophet of God'
· Sabre: the militancy and their faith

Senegal  

2:3

Sept. 1960

National and Civil

· Star: unity, hope
· Green: Islam, progress, hope
· Yellow: natural wealth, progress
· Red: sacrifice, determination
(Pan-African colours)

Serbia

1:2

5 June 2006

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Red, blue, white: freedom, revolutionary ideals
(Pan-Slav colours)

Seychelles

1:2

8 Jan. 1996

National and Civil

· Blue: sky, sea
· Yellow: sun giving light and life
· Red: determination to work for the future in unity and love
· White: social justice, harmony
· Green: land, natural environment
· Blue, yellow: Democratic Party
· Red, White, green: Seychelles People's United Party
· Five bands: dynamic new country moving into the future

Sierra Leone

2:3

27 Apr. 1961

National and Civil

· White: unity, justice
· Green: agriculture, mountains, natural resources
· Blue: sea, natural harbour at Freetown

Singapore

2:3

3 Dec. 1959

National and Civil

· Crescent: new nation
· Five stars: peace, democracy, progress, justice, equality
· Red: universal brotherhood, equality
· White: people's purity and virtue

Sint Maarten

2:3

10 Oct. 2010

Official
(Country of Netherlands)

· Country's coat of arm
· Colours from Dutch flag

Slovakia

2:3

1 Sept. 1992

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Pan-Slav colours

Slovenia

1:2

24 June 1991

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Colours: from mediaeval coat of arms of Duchy of Carniola; also Pan-Slav

Solomon Islands

1:2

18 Nov. 1977

National and Civil

· Stars: five main island groups
· Green: land
· Yellow: sunshine

Somalia

2:3

12 Oct. 1954

National and Civil

· Star: unity
· Star's points: five regions of Somalis, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, former British and Italian colonies
· Blue: sky, Indian Ocean (originally, from UN flag)

South Africa

2:3

27 Apr. 1994

National and Civil

· Overall design: convergence, unity
· Yellow, black, green: from African National Congress flag
· Red, white, blue: from flags of Boer republics
(Colours have no official symbolism)

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

1:2

1985

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· Territory's coat of arms


South Korea

2:3

8 Sept. 1948

National and Civil

· Top left trigram: heaven
· Top right trigram: water
· Button right trigram: earth
· Button left trigram: fire
· Yin-yang: harmony, union of opposites (blue: negative cosmic forces of yin; red: opposite positive forces of yang)
· White: peace and purity


South Sudan

1:2

9 July 2011

National

· Black: the people
· Red: blood shed for freedom
· Green: the land
· Blue: waters of the Nile
· Star: unity of the nation's states

Spain

2:3

19 July 1927

National and Civil

· Red, yellow: related to older kingdoms of Aragon, Castile, Leon, Navarre
· National coat of arms

Sri Lanka

1:2

17 Dec. 1978

National and Civil

· Green: Sri Lankan Moors
· Orange: Sri Lankan Tamils
· Lion: Sinhalese ethnicity, national strength, bravery
· Sword: national sovereignty
· Buddhist bo leaves: kindness, friendliness, happiness, equanimity
· Red: European Burghers, nation's colonial background
· Yellow: other ethnic groups

Sudan

1:2

20 May 1970

National and Civil

· Red: struggle for freedom
· Green: Islam, prosperity, agriculture
· Black: dark, pre-Islamic past; or, the nation
· White: purity, peace, optimism, love, ligh (Pan-Arab colours)

Suriname

2:3

25 Nov. 1975

National and Civil

· Red: progress, love
· Green: hope, fertility
· White: peace, justice, freedom
· Star: unity, hope
· Yellow: golden future
(Green and red were: political parties' colours at independence)

Svalbard

8:11

1920

As in Norway
(Territory of Norway)

[See Norway]

Swaziland

2:3

30 Oct. 1967

National and Civil

· Blue: peace, stability
· Red: past struggles
· Yellow: mineral resources
· Shield (from Emasotsha Regiment), Assegais spears, staff with Injobo tassels: protection from nation's enemies
· Black and white on shield: blacks and whites living in peace

Sweden

5:8

22 June 1906

National and Civil

· Yellow, blue: from national arms
· Scandinavian Cross: from Danish flag

Switzerland

1:1

12 Dec. 1889

National and Civil

· Based on canton Schwyz flag

Syria

2:3

29 Mar. 1980

National and Civil

· Black: oppression
· Red: bloody struggle
· White: bright future
· Stars: Syria and Egypt
(Band colours from Arab Liberation flag)

Taiwan

2:3

28 Oct. 1928

Official
(Republic of China)

· Sun: progress
· Sunrays: twelve months, twelve traditional Chinese hours (two hours each)
· Blue: liberty, justice, democracy
· Red: fraternity, sacrifice, nationalism; Han Chinese ethnicity
· White: equality, frankness, people's livelihood

Tajikistan

1:2

24 Nov. 1992

National and Civil

· Crown: the people, state sovereignty
· Seven stars: nation's 'magic number' seven
· Red: sun, victory, unity
· White: cotton, purity, mountain snows
· Green: Islam, farm produce

Tanzania

2:3

30 June 1964

National and Civil

· Green: vegetation
· Black: Swahili people
· Yellow: gold deposits
· Blue: lakes, rivers, Indian Ocean
(Colours from flags of Tanganyika and Zanzibar)

Thailand

2:3

28 Sept. 1917

National and Civil

· Red: the nation, life-blood
· Blue: monarchy
· White: purity of Buddhism

Togo

2:3

27 Apr. 1960

National and Civil

· Star: life, peace, dignity, nation's independence; or, star of hope
· Square: people's loyalty and patriotism
· Five bands: nation's regions
· Red: blood shed during independence struggle
· Green: agricultural wealth, hope, fertility
· Yellow: mineral wealth, prosperity through faith and hard work
(Pan-African colours)

Tokelau

1:2

7 Sept. 2009

Official
(Territory of New Zealand)

· Tokelauan canoe: nation moving to the future
· Southern Cross: Christianity's role
· Yellow: happiness, peace
· Blue: ocean

Tonga

1:2

4 Nov. 1875

National and Civil

· Cross: Christianity
· White: purity
· Red: blood of Jesus

Trinidad and Tobago

3:5

31 Aug. 1962

National and Civil

· White: sea, purity, equality
· Red: land's vitality, people's courage and friendliness, sun's warmth and energy
· Black: land's wealth, people's strength and dedication


Tunisia

2:3

1835

National and Civil

· Star and crescent: Islam
· Red: blood shed by martyrs in oppression struggle
· White: peace
(Based on Turkish flag)

Turkey  

2:3

5 June 1936

National and Civil

· Star and crescent: Islam
· Red, white: moon and star reflected in pool of blood of Turkish warriors (according to legend)
(Based on Ottoman flag)

Turkmenistan

2:3

19 Feb. 1997

National and Civil

· Ornamentation: five tribal guls
· Olive branch
· Crescent: Islam
· Stars: five Turkmen regions
· Green: Islam

Turks and Caicos Islands

 

1:2

1968

Official
(Territory of UK)

· Union Flag: British ties
· conch shell, spiny lobster, cactus: elements of island's biota

Tuvalu

1:2

1 Oct. 1978

National and Civil

· Union Flag: British ties
· Stars: nine atolls

Uganda

2:3

9 Oct. 1962

National and Civil

· National crest
· Black: people
· Yellow: sunshine, vitality
· Red: African brotherhood
(Colours from Uganda People's Congress flag)

Ukraine

2:3

4 Sept. 1991

National and Civil

· Blue: sky
· Yellow: grain fields

United Arab Emirates

1:2

2 Dec. 1971

National and Civil

· Green: trees, fertility
· White: neutrality
· Black: petroleum resources
· Red: unity
(Pan-Arab colours)

United Kingdom

1:2

1 Jan. 1801

National and Civil

· Red cross: St George's cross, patron saint of England
· Red saltire: St Patrick's cross, patron saint of Ireland
· White saltire on blue field: St Andrew's cross, patron saint of Scotland
· White fimbriations on St George's cross and St Andrew's saltire added to adhere to heraldic rules of tincture

United States of America

10:19

4 July 1960

National and Civil

· Blue: loyalty, devotion, truth, justice, friendship
· Red: courage, zeal, fervency
· White:  purity, rectitude of conduct
· Stars: fifty states
· Stripes: original 13 original colonies

United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges

10:19

1935

As in the USA
(Territory of USA)

[See USA]

Uruguay

2:3

11 July 1830

National and Civil

· Sun of May: appeared during 25 May 1810 independence declaration
· Stripes: nine original departments
(Based of Argentinian flag)

Uzbekistan

1:2

18 Nov. 1991

National and Civil

· Crescent: new republic, Islam
· Twelve stars: months and stars of Uzbek calendar
· Blue: sky, water, Turkic people's colour
· White: peace, purity
· Green: nature, fertility, Islam
· Red: life-force of living organisms

Vanuatu

3:5

18 Feb. 1980

National and Civil

· Boar's tusk: prosperity
· Fern leaves: peace
· Fern leaf fronds: 39 members of legislative assembly
· Red: blood of boars and men
· Green: islands' richness
· Black: ni-Vanuatu people
· Yellow: sunshine
· Y-shape: archipelago's pattern, Gospel's light spreading through islands

Vatican

1:1

7 June 1979

Civil

· Holy See's arms
· Gold: Pope's spiritual power
· White: Pope's worldly power

Venezuela

2:3

10 Mar. 2006

National and Civil

· National coat of arms
· Stars: eight provinces supporting independence
· Red: blood shed for independence
· Blue: people's courage, independence from Spain
· Yellow: land's richness
(Original colours of Gran Colombia flag)

Vietnam

2:3

30 Nov. 1955

National and Civil

· Five-pointed star: groups united for building socialism (peasants, workers, intellectuals, traders, soldiers)
· Red: bloodshed, revolution

Virgin Islands

2:3

1921

Official
(Territory of USA)

· White: purity
· Modified US seal
· Islands' initials
· Arrows: three main islands

Wake Island

10:19

1899

As in the USA
(Territory of USA)

[See USA]




Wallis and Futuna

2:3

1888

As in France
(Territory of France)

[See France]




Wallis and Futuna

2:3

1888

Unofficial

· French flag: French ties
· Four triangles: three native kings, one French administrator

Yemen

2:3

22 May 1990

National and Civil

· Black: oppression
· Red: bloody struggle
· White: bright future
(Colours from Arab Liberation flag)

Zambia

2:3

24 Oct. 1964

National and Civil

· Green: natural resources, vegetation
· Orange: mineral wealth
· Black: native people
· Red: struggle for independence
· Eagle: ability to rise above problems

Zimbabwe

1:2

18 Apr. 1980

National and Civil

· National bird: nation's history
· Star: peace
· Green: agriculture
· Yellow: mineral wealth
· Red: blood shed for independence
· Black: native people
(Green, yellow, black, red - Pan-African colours and of Zimbabwe African People's Union)



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