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Today’s flag is the flag of Gabon, officially known as the Gabonese Republic.
Design: The Gabonese flag is a horizontal tricolor of, from top to bottom, green, yellow, and blue. The flag has an aspect ratio of 3:4.
Meaning: The color green represents the country’s rain forests and natural resources. The color represents the shining Sun and the equator that cuts through Gabon. The color blue represents the Atlantic Ocean.
History: In 1958, as decolonization was in full swing, France granted autonomy to Gabon, which was considered one of the more progressive French colonies. An year later, in 1959, Gabon adopted its own flag. This flag was very similar to the current flag, but it differed in that the yellow stripe in the center was much narrower and in the canton was laid the French flag. Shortly before independence, on 9 August, 1960, the design was modified to the current design. When Gabon gained its independence on 17, August, 1960, it kept the same flag. The design has remained unchanged since then, bringing us to the flag of today.
Bonus fact #1: The proportions of the Gabonese flag, 3:4, are quite uncommon for a national flag, and are shared only by the national flags of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Papua New Guinea, and San Marino.
Bonus fact #2: The Gabonese flag is also quite unique among the former French colonies in Africa in that it doesn’t use any of the Pan-African colors and is not a vertical tricolor inspired by the flag of France.
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