Somalia Flag Colors, Meaning & History

Somalia flag
Color Palette
Blue#4189DD65, 137, 22171, 38, 0, 13
White#FFFFFF255, 255, 2550, 0, 0, 0

The flag of Somalia has a blue field with a white five-pointed star in the center of the flag.

Meaning of the Flag of Somalia

The light blue field in the Somali flag represents the United Nations, which led the country through the transition stage from colonization to independence. It also represents the sky over Somalia and the Indian Ocean along its coast which is a significant part of the Somali resources. The five-pointed star represents the five Somali regions and the unity between these regions.

History of the Flag of Somalia

Somalia was ruled by different dynasties that raised different flags throughout its history. The Adal Sultanate had three vertical bands that were red on the hoist and fly sides, with white crescents in the middle of the bands. The middle band was white with a red crescent. During the rule of the Ajuran Empire between the 13th and 17th centuries, the flag was triangular with red and yellow colors, and a white crescent at the hoist. During the colonization period, Somalia was colonized by Italy and Britain in 1884 and 1889. Some of its parts were also divided between France and Ethiopia. After WWII, Italy and Britain granted independence to Somalia, so its parts were united into a new nation. The flag was officially adopted in 1954, and when Somalia became independent in 1960, the flag was hoisted and has not been changed since then.