|Vexillological symbol :||?|
|Aspect ratio:||officially 19:36|
|Officially accepted:||July 30, 1980|
The Vanuatu flag was officially adopted in 1980.
The national flag used today came from the party colors of the Vanuaaku Party , which led the country to independence in 1980 . The design was created by Kalontas Mahlon from the island of Emau , and decided by a parliamentary committee several months before independence. The strips arranged in the ratio 39: 6: 5: 6: 39 have the following meaning:
- Yellow represents the sunshine, the peace and enlightenment brought about by Christianity
- Green refers to the wealth of the islands
- Red symbolizes the blood of sacrificed pigs, as well as the blood of the people and the strength of traditions
- Black represents the Melanesian population.
From the left, a black triangle with a yellow-black border protrudes into the flag until 7:15 am. The resulting Y-shape of the yellow bar indicates the arrangement of the islands in the Pacific Ocean . A yellow emblem in a black triangle, two crossed fern leaves in a tusk of a boar , stand for peace or prosperity, since owning pigs means wealth.
There are different proportions of this flag. The official aspect ratio is 19:36, but it is also given as 3: 5 or 11:18.
The flag was officially introduced on February 18, 1980 and the emblem on July 30 of the same year.
? Naval war flag
Port Vilas flag
Flag of Malampas
Flag of Penamas
Flag of Sanmas
Flag of Tafeas
Flag of Torba
Between 1889 and 1906, under Anglo-French control, a white and red vertical bicolor with a blue rectangle with 5 stars in the center was in use. The British administration of the New Hebrides condominium then used a Blue Ensign with an emblem in the flight section until 1980 . The emblem was a crown - until 1953 the Tudor crown , then the Edwardian crown - surrounded by the words New Hebrides in a full white circle. The commissioner had his own Union flag with the same emblem in the center. The French administration used the flag of France .
Specially designed flags were used at the South Pacific Games in 1963 and 1966.
? 1906–1953 (British)
? 1953–1980 (British)
? Flag of France (French) 1906–1940 and 1945–1980
? Flag of France (French) 1940-1945
? Pacific Games 1963
? Pacific Games 1966