Colors and the Meaning of the Namibia Flag
Namibia flag consists of a thick red stripe that extends from the lower-left corner to the upper right corner on the waving side and divides the flag into two parts, and the triangle formed by this strip in the upper left and right lower part.
The ribbon that divides the flag diagonally in red represents the heroic behavior of the people and the common will for a good and equal future for all. While the blue sky that gives its color to the upper left symbolizes the ocean, its rivers and its rain with its rich water resources, the green color to the lower right indicates the flora and fertility of the country.
The white color separating the red strip from the blue and green sections with a thin strip represents unity and peace together. In the middle of the blue area in the upper left part, there is a 12-beam yellow sun near the transmitter. While the sun symbolizes life and the joy of life, 12 rays express ethnic groups in the country.
History of the Namibia Flag
On March 21, 1990, South West Africa gained independence as the Republic of Namibia and accepted its first flag in its history. Following independence, the public was asked to present a design for the flag and 835 different flags were designed. The design was selected by a committee established to investigate new national symbols and make technical recommendations for Namibia.
In the flag of Namibia, no color had any specific meaning before. At a press conference of 2 February 1990, the President of the National Symbols Subcommittee announced the symbolization of the flag. According to this description; red represents the people of Namibia, the most important source. It also expresses the heroism of the people. White expresses peace and unity. Green symbolizes vegetation and agricultural resources. Blue represents the country’s valuable water resources, the Namibian sky, and the Atlantic Ocean. The golden yellow sun represents life and energy.
The main colors of the present Namibia flag are actually taken from the flag of the South West African People’s Organization, the country’s most important liberation movement. This flag was adopted in 1971 and consisted of horizontal lines of blue-red-green, the most important colors of Ovambo, the country’s largest ethnic population.
Neighboring Countries of Namibia
Located in South Africa. It is adjacent to Zambia and Angola in the north, Botswana in the east, and the Republic of South Africa in the south and east. To the west is the Atlantic Ocean.
Main Characteristics of Namibia
Namibia is named after the Namib Desert, which covers a large area of the country’s territory. There are 2 people per square kilometer in the country. The capital, Windhoek, was founded almost in the middle of the country. It is a city with plenty of trees. In addition to the official English language, local languages are also spoken by the public. The most spoken language after English is Afrikaans. Namibia is used as the currency.
The climate here is warm and dry. Summer months are usually rainy. The most precipitation occurs between October and April. The temperatures in the desert are over 40 degrees in summer. They do not have a very sophisticated kitchen. The most consumed food is dried and smoked meat. Since it is not suitable for agriculture, game meat is generally consumed.
|Currency||namibian dollar (NAD)|
|Highest Point||Konigstein (2,606 m)|
|Total Area||824,292 km2|