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Cook Islands Flag

Flag of Cook Islands
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Cook Islands]
Aspect Ratio(1:2)
Color Schemeblue white,red
Color and Design

Blue ensign with a ring of fifteen white stars in the fly.

Meaning & SymbolismThe Union Flag is symbolic of the nation's historic ties to the UK and to the Commonwealth of Nations. The stars stand for the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands (Tongareva, Rakahanga, Manihiki, Pukapuka, Nassau, Suwarrow, Palmerston, Aitutaki, Manuae, Takutea, Atiu, Mitiaro, Mauke, Rarotonga and Mangaia). The blue represents the ocean and the peaceful nature of the inhabitants.
Description and Brief History

The flag of the Cook Islands, officially known as the Cook Islands Ensign, is based on the traditional design for former British colonies in the Pacific region. It is a blue ensign containing the Union Flag in the upper left, and on the right, fifteen stars in a ring.

A Federal Flag Bill was proposed in the Cook Islands Parliament in 1892, but was not assented to. The proposed flag had consisted of three horizontal stripes (red, white, red), with a Union Flag in the top left corner, overlaid by a black coconut palm tree on a white circle. When the islands were annexed by New Zealand in 1901, the New Zealand flag was used instead.


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