Flag of Saudi Arabia

Flag of Saudi Arabia

The flag of Saudi Arabia consists of a green background where an inscription in Arabic "There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet" and a sword pointing to the left side of the flag are located. When the flag is raised, two flags have to be sewn together, so that the inscription is readable from both sides and that the sword is always pointing in the desired direction. The sword should commemorate the unification of the Kingdom in the 12th century, which took place under the leadership of Ibn Saud. The green color is traditionally associated with Islam, but primarily it is the color of Wanhabs and Sunnis. It is interesting that it is forbidden to lower the flag to half-mast under the threat of criminal prosecution for insulation of Islam.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes SA, SAU (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Capital city Riyadh
Continent Asia
Member of United Nations, Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OPEC
Population 34 218 169 (2019)
Total area 2 149 690 km2
Highest point Jabal Sawda (3 000 m, 9 843 ft)
Lowest point Persian Gulf, Red Sea
GDP per capita $ 23 339 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Saudi riyal (ر.س, SAR)
Calling code +966
Internet TLD .sa, .السعودية

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