Flag of Angola

Флаг Анголы
Flag of Angola

History of the Flag

The Republic of Angola is a young sovereign state that gained independence from Portugal in 1975. The same year the flag of the Republic was adopted – November 11, 1975.

However, although the decision was pleasant as early as the 70s, it did not come into force legislatively until 1992. Until then, the use of the flag was widespread, but without legitimate, legal force.

Когда Ангола была провинцией Португалии вексиллолог Алмейд Лангханс в своей книге предложил для всех заморских провинций ввести флаги на основе Португальского. Но проект не был рассмотрен.

Флаг Анголы

The modern flag retains continuity with the flag of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (founded in 1956), which had as its goal the complete liberation of the country from the external influence of Portugal.

Флаг Анголы
Флаг народного движения за освобождение Анголы

At the same time, the five-pointed star on the flag of the People’s Movement (a symbol of capitalism and American values – America actively took part in the revolutionary moods within the country) was replaced by the Communist hammer and sickle – the USSR managed to introduce its influence into the republic. The star still remained on the flag, but with a Soviet interpretation of the meaning and on a smaller scale.

At the moment, the constitutional commission of Angola is working on a new flag with different colors and the sun in the center:

Флаг Анголы
2003 draft of the new flag of Angola

Description of the flag of Angola

Флаг Анголы
Flag of Angola

The modern format of the flag of Angola has a 2:3 ratio. Divided by two horizontal, parallel stripes, along the entire flag.

Instead of the classic sickle and hammer on the flag of Angola, there are other symbols that resemble the Soviet symbols. The sickle is replaced by a technological gear – a symbol of industrial development and technological progress. The hammer – a machete – a symbol of courage, peasants and the desire for victory.

Also, at the top of the composition is a five-pointed star – solidarity with the international community and commitment to a policy of several vectors of development.

The meaning of colors

  • Yellow is the color of wealth and prosperity. All elements of the composition and the star are painted in this color.
  • Bright red is a symbol of the blood shed by the people of the country, during the colonial rule of Portugal. Also, it is a symbol of the blood that was already spilled during the liberation of the country from foreign and domestic oppressors.
  • Black is the common symbol of the African continent and dark-skinned people.

General information about Angola

Official language Portuguese
Capital Luanda
Territory 1 246 700 km2
Population 29 310 273 people
Currency Quanza
Phone Code +244

Map of Angola

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