The Flag of Botswana

The flag of Botswana consists of a light blue field with a horizontal black stripe that is framed in white in the center. The blue represents water, specifically rain, reflecting the importance of water in this semi-arid country. The black and white bands symbolize racial harmony and also refer to the zebras that are the national animals of Botswana.

The Flag of Botswana

History

Adopted on September 30, 1966, the flag of Botswana was introduced upon the country's independence from the United Kingdom. The design was chosen to replace the Union Jack and symbolize the peaceful coexistence of the country's diverse population, including both the majority Tswana ethnic groups and the minority ethnic groups. The flag's colors and symbols were specifically selected to represent the country's natural resources, its commitment to racial harmony, and the significance of its wildlife. The flag's design has remained unchanged since 1966, standing as a symbol of Botswana's national identity and values.