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Cape Verde Flag

Flag of Cape Verde
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Cape Verde]
Aspect Ratio(3:5)
Color Schemeblue yellow,white,red
Color and Design

Five unequal horizontal bands of blue (six-twelfths), white, red, white (each of the bands are one-twelfth) and blue (three-twelfths) with the circle of ten yellow five-pointed stars centered on the red stripe and positioned three-eighths of the length of the flag from the hoist-side.

Meaning & SymbolismThe 10 stars on the flag represent the main islands of the nation (a chain of islands off the coast of West Africa). The blue represents the ocean and the sky. The band of white and red represents the road toward the construction of the nation, and its colours stand for peace (white) and effort (red). The circle of yellow stars on a dark blue field is similar to the flag of Europe (which has 12 stars instead of 10).
Description and Brief History

The national flag of Cape Verde was adopted on 22 September 1992, replacing the flag adopted during Cape Verdean independence, fought for with Guinea-Bissau, another former Portuguese colony on mainland West Africa.

Before independence from Portugal, Cape Verde did not have an official flag, and the Portuguese national flag was used. In the late 1960s, a flag for the Portuguese overseas province of Cape Verde was proposed, consisting of the flag of Portugal with the shield from the provincial arms added to the lower fly. However, this flag was never adopted.

The original national flag of Cape Verde was introduced on independence in 1975 and was based on the flag of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). It used the common African colours of red, green and yellow, and was identical to the flag of Guinea-Bissau except for the proportions and the charge in the hoist-side stripe. Their similarity evoked the plans to unite both countries, which were abandoned shortly after independence. Guinea-Bissau gained independence on 10 September 1974.


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