|Flag of Somalia|
|Adopted||October 12, 1954|
|Designed by||Mohammed Avale Liban |
The flag of Somalia was adopted on October 12, 1954. Upon reunification of Italian and British Somaliland, the flag was used for the Somali Democratic Republic.
According to Liban, the flag is intended to look like the flag of the United Nations. The United Nations helped Somalia gain independence from Italy, and the flag design was adopted in its honour.
The five edges of star symbolize the five areas where Somalis were divided by the then European colonials. These five places are British Somaliland (Somaliland), Italian Somaliland (Somalia), French Somaliland (Djibouti), Ogaden (Ethiopia), and Northern Frontier District (Kenya).
The blazon, or heraldic description, of this flag is: Azure, a mullet Argent.