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Niger Flag


Flag of Niger
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Niger]
Aspect Ratio(6:7)
Color Scheme orange,white,green
Color and Design

A horizontal triband of orange, white and green; charged with an orange circle in the centre.

Meaning & SymbolismThe orange band represents the northern regions of the Sahara Desert and the neighboring Sahel region. The center white band represents purity, Niger River, and also represents the French-descended small white minority. The lower green band represents both hope and the fertile regions of southern Niger. The orange circle in the center band is said to represent the sun or independence.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Niger has been the national symbol of the West African Republic of Niger since 1959, a year prior to its formal independence from French West Africa. It uses the national colors of orange, white and green, in equal horizontal bands, with an orange roundel in the center.

The Niger flag stands out from many of the other flags in Africa because it is not based on the Pan-African flag. The design shows a greater influence from the flag of France. Niger flag stands out from many of the other flags in Africa because it is not based on the Pan-African flag. The design shows a greater influence from the flag of France, although it does bear a strong and entirely coincidental resemblance to the national flag of India - but the ratio, shade of orange and symbol in the center differ.

Many of the great empires of African thrived in Niger and the surrounding regions, but the modern country grew out of a French colony. French West Africa included several modern nations, and those nations began to clamor for their independence in the aftermath of the second world war. Niger became an autonomous state within France in 1956, and it began to prepare for independence shortly thereafter. Those preparations included designing the flag of Niger. The government approved the flag for official use in 1959. Niger gained its full independence from France during the next year, and it enshrined the flag's design in national law at the same time. The flag has remained the same ever since that time in spite of significant changes to the nation's constitution in 1999.

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