Flag of Antigua and Barbuda

Флаг Антигуа и Барбуды
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda

History of the Flag

Antigua and Barbuda is one of the youngest sovereign nations on our planet. It gained independence from Britain in 1981, later than it adopted the modern form of the flag.

The flag was adopted in 1967.

The modern form of state symbols was selected from more than 600 variants. The selection committee was chaired by the “Provisional Government of Resistance”, the parallel governing bodies of the country, as opposed to the British-affiliated leadership, which many historians consider a puppet regime.

The winner of the flag contest was sculptor Reginald Samuel. He did not claim the copyright to his creation – the state did not pay a penny for the flag.

Flag description

The canvas of the flag has a proportion of 2:3 and consists of many elements filled with important symbolism for the state. The presence of the rising sun in the center of the cloth, against a black (people) sky, signifies the beginning of a new era for the country. Beneath the sun there is the sea and white sand, an association with an island, tourist country.

The sea, sand and sun form the letter “V” – means the symbol of victory. The struggle for their rights and independence are of great importance for this African country. The tumultuous events of the struggle for sovereignty are vividly expressed in the letter “V”.

All of these symbols are set against a background of red cloth.

Meaning of the colors of the flag

Present in this color palette is:

  • Red is a symbol of the energy of a people who, under the oppression of England, lived in the status of a colony. Red takes up about 50% of the flag, which also has symbolism in this proportion.
  • Black – indicates the skin color of the resident population. The country is predominantly inhabited by dark-skinned people, which is displayed on the flag.
  • Blue – the Caribbean Sea, which washes the island state. Also, it denotes hope and equality of all before the law and each other.
  • White is the color of sand, recreation and tourism.
  • Yellow – sunshine, which emphasizes the desire for change and a new independent era in the life of the country.

General information about Antigua and Barbuda

Official language English
Capital St. John’s
Territory 440 km2
Population 93,581 people
Currency Eastern Caribbean dollar
Phone Code +1-268

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