The Flag of Saint Barthélemy

The flag of Saint Barthélemy incorporates a white Maltese cross on a blue field, symbolizing its historical connections to Sweden, and the coat of arms of Saint Barthélemy to the left of the cross. The coat of arms features the island's marine and colonial heritage, depicting three gold crowns on a blue background, representing the three Saint-Barthélemy parishes, and a white Maltese cross, reminiscent of the island's ties to the Order of Malta.

The Flag of Saint Barthélemy

History

Saint Barthélemy, a French overseas collectivity in the Caribbean, has a unique historical connection with Sweden, which is represented in its flag. The island was under Swedish sovereignty from 1784 until it was sold back to France in 1878. The flag reflects this period of Swedish rule, combining symbols of both countries. The current flag design, while not officially adopted by the local government, is widely recognized and used in the territory to represent its distinct cultural heritage and history. It serves as a symbol of the island's rich past, including its indigenous, colonial, and maritime influences.