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Cyprus Flag

Flag of Cyprus
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Cyprus]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Schemewhite orange green
Color and Design

An outline of the island of Cyprus above twin olive branches on a white field.

Meaning & SymbolismThe national flag features the map of the island, with two olive branches as a symbol of peace between the island's two communities. White field is a symbol of peace. The olive branches signify peace between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The map on the flag is a copper-orange color, symbolizing the large deposits of copper ore on the island, from which it may have received its name.
Description and Brief History

The national flag of Cyprus came into use on 16 August 1960, under the Zurich and London Agreements, whereby a constitution was drafted and Cyprus was proclaimed an independent state. The flag was designed by art teacher İsmet Güney. The design of the flag deliberately employs peaceful and neutral symbols in an attempt to indicate harmony between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, an ideal that has not yet been realised. In 1963, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities separated because of Cypriot intercommunal violence.


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