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Namibia Flag

Flag of Namibia
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Namibia]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Scheme blue,yellow,green,red
Color and Design

A white-edged red diagonal band radiating from the lower hoist-side corner. The upper triangle is blue, charged with a gold sun with 12 triangular rays and the lower triangle is green.

Meaning & SymbolismThe red color represents Namibia's most important resource, its people. It refers to their heroism and their determination to build a future of equal opportunity for all. White represents peace, unity, tranquility, and harmony. Green symbolises vegetation and agricultural resources. Blue represents the clear Namibian sky and the Atlantic Ocean, the country's precious water resources and rain. Golden-yellow sun represents life and energy.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Namibia was adopted on 21 March 1990 upon independence from South Africa. The flags have an unusually complex design. They are divided in half by a red diagonal stripe with a white border. The section above the stripe is dark blue and displays a golden sun in the flag's canton. The section that falls below the line is solid green and does not display any emblems.

Several Namibia flags were used while the country was a European colony, but few of them represented the nation exclusively. The flag of Germany represented it while it was part of the German Empire. That period began in 1884 and ended in 1915, when it became part of the British Union of South Africa and adopted a colonial flag following the usual British pattern. That flag was followed by one that represented the nation's ties to South Africa in accordance with a United Nations Trusteeship from 1960 to 1990.

The modern flag was adopted in 1990, but sources disagree as to the design process. Some attribute the design to Frederick Brownell, the state herald of South Africa. A man named Roy Allen also claims that he created the design, but he claims that it was part of a contest. Regardless of the flag's designer, the current flag of Namibia proved to be popular and it has not changed since it was first adopted.


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