The Flag of The Falkland Islands

The flag of the Falkland Islands is a representation of the territory's British colonial heritage and unique identity. It features a navy blue background, the British Union Jack in the upper hoist-side quadrant, and the Falkland Islands' coat of arms on the fly side. The coat of arms consists of a white ram above a sailing ship with a shield below, symbolizing the islands' main industries: sheep farming and historical reliance on sea navigation.

The Flag of The Falkland Islands

History

The current flag of the Falkland Islands was adopted on October 25, 1999. Prior to this, the islands used a similar flag that was introduced on January 29, 1948, which also featured the Union Jack and a version of the coat of arms. The coat of arms has been slightly modified over the years, with the current version officially granted in 1999. The introduction of the flag and the coat of arms reflects the Falkland Islands' long history as a British Overseas Territory, dating back to the early 19th century when the UK established control over the islands. The flag underscores the islands' British heritage while also showcasing elements unique to the Falkland Islands, such as the sheep farming industry which has been a longstanding pillar of their economy.