Flag of Somalia
Adopted October 12, 1954
Designed by Mohammed Avale Liban [1]
Proportions 2:3

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.


  1. History of the flag
African Union Africa
Algeria AlgeriaAngola AngolaBenin BeninBotswana BotswanaBurkina Faso Burkina Faso
Burundi BurundiCameroon CameroonCape Verde Cape VerdeCentral African Republic Central African RepublicChad Chad
Comoros ComorosRepublic of the Congo Republic of the CongoCote d'Ivoire Côte d'IvoireDemocratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti DjiboutiEgypt EgyptEquatorial Guinea Equatorial GuineaEritrea EritreaEthiopia Ethiopia
Gabon GabonGambia GambiaGhana GhanaGuinea GuineaGuinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau
Kenya KenyaLesotho LesothoLiberia LiberiaLibya LibyaMadagascar Madagascar
Malawi MalawiMali MaliMauritania MauritaniaMauritius MauritiusMorocco Morocco
Mozambique MozambiqueNamibia NamibiaNiger NigerNigeria NigeriaRwanda Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe São Tomé and PríncipeSenegal SenegalSeychelles SeychellesSierra Leone Sierra LeoneSomalia Somalia
South Africa South AfricaSouth Sudan South SudanSudan SudanSwaziland SwazilandTanzania Tanzania
Togo TogoTunisia TunisiaUganda UgandaZambia ZambiaZimbabwe Zimbabwe

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