The Flag of Angola

The flag of Angola features two horizontal bands of red and black with a central emblem consisting of a partial cogwheel crossed by a machete and crowned with a star. The flag symbolizes the country's struggle for independence, its agricultural and industrial workers, and a commitment to progress.

The Flag of Angola

History

The flag of Angola was officially adopted on November 11, 1975, following the country's independence from Portuguese colonial rule. Its design is heavily influenced by the flag of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the leading force in the fight for independence. The red half of the flag represents the blood shed by Angolans during their independence struggles, colonial oppression, and the national defense; the black half symbolizes the African continent. The central emblem, which includes the cogwheel and machete, is inspired by socialist symbolism, reflecting the country's political orientation at the time of independence. The gold star above the emblem is influenced by the star found on the flag of the Soviet Union, representing solidarity with socialist and anti-imperialist causes. Since its adoption, the flag has remained unchanged, continuing to represent Angola's history, struggles, and aspirations.