The Flag of Cape Verde

The flag of Cape Verde features a horizontal tricolour of blue, white, and red horizontal bands. The blue symbolizes the ocean and sky, the white stands for peace, and the red represents the struggle for independence. On the left side, there are 10 yellow stars arranged in a circular pattern, symbolizing the 10 main islands of the country. The unique design reflects the nation's aspirations, its geographical identity, and its historical struggle for freedom.

The Flag of Cape Verde

History

The current flag of Cape Verde was adopted on September 22, 1992, replacing the previous version that had been in use since its independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975. The original flag was heavily influenced by the flag of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), featuring horizontal bands of yellow, green, and red, along with a black star, which represented African freedom. The redesign in 1992 was part of a broader effort to establish a distinct national identity following the country's decision to pursue a more pluralistic democracy and move away from its previously close association with Guinea-Bissau. The introduction of the new flag coincided with changes in the national anthem and a new constitution, marking a significant shift in Cape Verde's national identity and international relations.