Flag of Cape Verde

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Flag of Cape Verde
Flag of Cape Verde.svg

Vexillological symbol: Nationalflagge an Land und zur See?
Aspect Ratio: ≈2:3
Officially accepted: 22. September 1992

The flag of Cape Verde was officially adopted on 22 September 1992, following the break in relations with Guinea-Bissau.


The ten yellow stars represent the ten islands of the country, with the circular arrangement representing the nation and its unity. The stripes symbolize (from bottom to top): the sea (blue), hope (white), the blood of the independence struggles (red), peace (white) and the sky (blue).

There are various statements about the proportions of the flag, they vary from mostly 2:3 over 3:5, 10:17, 4:7 to about 4:7.


During the colonial period, the flag of Portugal was used in Cape Verde. In 1967, there was a proposal to add the respective coat of arms of the colony to the flag of Portugal for the colonies. However, the proposal was not implemented.

The first national flag of Cape Verde was hoisted on 5 July 1975 and confirmed on 19 April 1976. The similarity of the Pan-African style flag with the flag of Guinea-Bissau expressed the attachment to Guinea-Bissau. The emblem with the corn wreath around the black star and the shell indicates the main occupation of the state, the cultivation of corn and fishing.


The circle of yellow stars on a dark blue field resembles the European flag (which shows twelve stars instead of ten).


  • Whitney Smith, Ottfried Neubecker: The Signs of Men and Peoples. Our world in flags and banners. Reich Verlag, Lucerne 1975, ISBN 3-7243-0115-4.

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