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Flag of East Timor

East Timor
Ratio 1:2
Adoption 1975
Design A black triangle bearing a white five-pointed star over a larger yellow triangle based on the hoist, on a red field. [0]


The flag of East Timor was adopted in 2002. It is the same as the flag adopted when the country first declared independence from Portugal in 1975, nine days before being occupied by Indonesia.

At midnight on 19 May 2002, and during the first moments of Independence Day the next day, the United Nations flag was lowered and the flag of an independent East Timor was raised. [0]


As per the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the yellow triangle represents "the traces of colonialism in East Timor's history". The black triangle represents "the obscurantism that needs to be overcome"; the red base of the flag represents "the struggle for national liberation"; the star, or "the light that guides", is white to represent peace. [0]