The Flag of Comoros

The flag of Comoros consists of four horizontal stripes of equal width, colored (from top to bottom) yellow, white, red, and blue. A green triangle is based at the hoist, featuring a white crescent and four white, five-pointed stars along its edge. The colors and symbols on the flag are rich in meaning, representing the island nation's heritage, Islam, and its major islands.

The Flag of Comoros

History

The current flag of Comoros was officially adopted on January 7, 2002, marking the end of a tumultuous period in the country's history that saw several coups and changes in government. The design has undergone several changes since the nation gained independence from France on July 6, 1975. Initially, the flag bore similarities to its current form but included additional elements like a red parabola. The changes in the flag's design over the years have reflected political shifts, with the most recent version intended to symbolize national unity and the hope for a peaceful future. The four stars on the flag represent the country's main islands (Grande Comore, Mohéli, Anjouan, and Mayotte), with Mayotte remaining a point of contention as it is administered by France. The green, white, red, and blue colors are traditional Pan-African colors, while the crescent and stars reflect the nation's predominant Islamic faith.