Flag of Somalia

Flag of Somalia

The flag of Somalia, which has been adopted by southern Somalia in 1954, consists of a light blue sheet with a white five-pointed star in its center. The blue color refers to the United Nations, which managed part of Somalia for many years. Each tip of the star represents one of the areas where Somalis live today. These areas are: Northern and southern Somalia, northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Djibouti. The flag has been adopted in the period of the Italian governance and its layout is reminiscent of the Vietnamese flag. The white color of the star also indicates peace and prosperity, and its symbolism is of great importance for Somalia as a country ravaged by a series of wars and coups.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes SO, SOM (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Federal Republic of Somalia
Capital city Mogadishu
Continent Africa
Member of United Nations, African Union, Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Population 15 442 905 (2019)
Total area 637 657 km2
Highest point Shimbiris (2 450 m, 8 038 ft)
Lowest point Indian Ocean
GDP per capita $ 315 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Somali shilling (Sh, SOS)
Calling code +252
Internet TLD .so

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