Djibouti flag


Djibouti is a small state in northeast Africa. Its area is a little more than 23 thousand square kilometers. It is currently a republic with its own national symbols.

This is what the modern flag of Djibouti looks like:

Флаг Джибути
Djibouti flag

History of the flag

In the late 1980s, the construction of the city of Djibouti began on land purchased by French emissaries from the Issa tribe. The French governor subsequently moved there. The governor’s banner, a blue cloth with two triangular ends (plaits) and the French tricolor, towered over the city.

Флаг губернатора Джибути
The flag of the governor of Djibouti

In 1956, after mass demonstrations of Somalis in Djibouti, the French government passed a law expanding self-government of the overseas territory. An Executive Council was created, whose first vice-president, Issa Mahamoud Harbi Farah, created a new flag.

It was a rectangle consisting of two horizontal stripes. The top one was blue, like Somalia’s. The lower one, green, represented Islam. The red equilateral triangle at the stem signified the revolutionary struggle. The white five-pointed star on it was turned by one ray to the center of the cloth.

Флаг Движения за республиканский союз (1957-1959)
Flag of the Movement for Republican Union (1957-1959)

The modern flag of Djibouti, as the symbol of the state, was adopted on June 27, 1977. On this day Djibouti was finally freed from colonial dependence.

A similar cloth was raised over the country back in 1972 by the independence fighters. However, the meaning of the symbols has changed.


It is a rectangle with a width to length ratio of 21:38. Horizontally, it is divided into two equal strips. The upper one is light blue. The bottom one is light green.

An equilateral white triangle has one side adjacent to the staff, with the corner directed toward the center.

In the middle of the triangle is a red star with five rays in a vertical position. The star is inscribed in an imaginary circle with a diameter of 1/5 of the width of the cloth.

Flag colors

Has the following colors:

  • light blue or sky blue (Pantone 292c);
  • Light green, (Pantone 361c);
  • white;
  • bright red, (Pantone 179c).

Meaning of colors and flag symbol

The light blue symbolizes the clear sea and boundless sky, and also represents the Issa people. Green symbolizes the nature of the African continent, the native land, lush vegetation and corresponds to the Afar people.

The white triangle symbolizes peace and harmony.

The red star is placed on the flag to commemorate the peoples’ struggle for independence from the colonizers. On the modern flag it symbolizes the unity of the people and society.

Other Flags

Flag of the National Union for Independence:

Флаг Национального Союза за независимость
Flag of the National Union for Independence

General information about Djibouti

Official language Arabic, French
Capital Djibouti
Territory 23 200 km²
Population 818 169 people
Currency Djibouti franc (DJF, code 268)
Phone Code +253

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