Flag of Madagascar

Flag of Madagascar

The flag of Madagascar has been inspired by a flag of the tribe Hovo and it consists of three stripes in total. The first stripe is vertical and it is located in the pole part of the flag. The waving part of the flag is filled with two horizontal stripes - red on the top and green at the bottom. Originally, a red-white flag of dynasty Merino symbolized efforts to keep independence during the times when Europeans were colonizing Africa. White color traditionally stands for purity and chastity, red for independence and green signifies hope for better tomorrows. According to another interpretation, green represents the coastal population, white is associated with the family of Volafots and red with the family of Volamens from the 17th century.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes MG, MDG (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Republic of Madagascar
Capital city Antananarivo
Continent Africa
Member of United Nations, African Union, Southern African Development Community
Population 25 680 342 (2018)
Total area 587 041 km2
Highest point Maromokotro (2 876 m, 9 436 ft)
Lowest point Indian Ocean
GDP per capita $ 528 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Malagasy ariary (Ar, MGA)
Calling code +261
Internet TLD .mg

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