Flag of the Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands
Adopted May 1, 1979[1]
Designed by Emlain Kabua[2]
Proportions 1:2[3][1] or 10:19[1][4][2]

Flag of the Marshall Islands is blue with two stripes radiating from the lower hoist-side corner — orange (top) and white; there is a white star with four large rays and 20 small rays on the hoist side above the two stripes.[5]


The deep blue background represents the Pacific Ocean. The white and orange bands represent the Ratak (Sunrise) and Ralik (Sunset) chains, respectively. The customary symbolism of orange as the colour of bravery and white as the colour of peace are also recognised. The star represents the cross of Christianity, with each of the 24 points signifying a municipal district of the republic. The four main points represent the major centres of Majuro, Ebeye, Jaluit and Wotje.[3]


Following World War II, the United States administered as a trust territory the area that later became the Republic of the Marshall Islands. When the first local government was introduced there on May 1, 1979, the occasion was heralded by the hoisting of a national flag, which had been created in a flag design competition. The winning entry was designed by Emlain Kabua, wife of the president of the new government, Amata Kabua.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marshall Island Flag at Maps of
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marshall Islands at Flags of the World
  3. 3.0 3.1 Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
  4. Marshall Islands at World Flag Database
  5. Flag of Marshall Islands at CIA World Factbook
  6. Marshall Islands, flag of the. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 11, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online
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