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Flag of Namibia

Namibia
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 1990
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. [0]
Colors
#003580
#D21034
#009543
#FFCE00
#FFFFFF

History

The main colours were taken from the flag of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), the most important liberation movement in Namibia. That flag was adopted in 1971 and comprises diagonal stripes of blue-red-green. The flag also represents the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, another Namibian political party.

There are different accounts on how the design was chosen. Frederick Brownell claims that he designed the flag in his role as South African State Herald. Briton Roy Allen claims that the flag design was the result of a competition run by Hannes Smith of the Windhoek Observer, and that he won. [0]

Meaning

The chairman of the subcommittee that chose the flag out of 850 submissions explained the symbolism of the flag's colours as follows: Red 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 refers to peace and unity. Green symbolises vegetation and agricultural resources. Blue represents the clear Namibian sky and the Atlantic Ocean, the country's precious water resources and rain.

Briton Roy Allen claims that the flag design was the result of a competition run by Hannes Smith of the Windhoek Observer, and that he won. His intended symbolism meant the red bar across the flag to stand for the blood shed during the Namibian War of Independence, green for the country's agriculture, and blue to represent the Atlantic Ocean. The sun represented his hope for good governance; the meaning stems from an Egyptian pictogram. [0]