Flag of Malawi

Flag of Malawi

The current form of the flag of Malawi was approved in 1964. The flag consists of three horizontal stripes - black, red and green. In the black bar, a symbol of rising sun with 31 rays is located. The black color is supposed to symbolize the people of the country, the red stands for bloodshed in the struggle for independence of African states and the green represents vegetation of Malawi. The theme of the rising sun reminds hope after achieving independence, but also the meaning of word Malawi - an effect which occurs over the Lake Nyasa at sunset. The flag was inspired by the flag of the Malawi Congress Party.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes MW, MWI (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Republic of Malawi
Capital city Lilongwe
Continent Africa
Member of United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, African Union, Southern African Development Community
Population 17 563 749 (2018)
Total area 118 484 km2
Highest point Mount Mulanje (3 002 m, 9 849 ft)
Lowest point Shire River (37 m, 121 ft)
GDP per capita $ 389 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Malawian kwacha (MK, MWK)
Calling code +265
Internet TLD .mw

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