Flag of Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesAG, ATG, 028
Official NameAntigua and Barbuda
ContinentNorth America
CapitalSaint John’s
Government TypeUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
CurrencyEastern Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Calling Code+1-268
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, CARICOM, OAS
PopulationApprox. 97,000 (as of 2023)
Total Area442 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Obama (formerly Boggy Peak) (402 meters or 1,319 feet)
Lowest PointCaribbean Sea (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $18,200 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 76 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.ag

Antigua and Barbuda National Anthem

Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee

Fair Antigua, we salute thee!
Proudly we this anthem raise
To thy glory and thy beauty
Joyfully we sing the praise
Of the virtues, all bestowed
On thy sons and daughters free
Ever striving, ever seeking
Dwell in love and unitya
Raise the standard! Raise it boldly!
Answer now to duty’s call
To the service of thy country
Sparing nothing, giving all
Gird your loins and join the battle
‘Gainst fear, hate and poverty
Each endeavoring, all achieving
Live in peace where man is free
God of nations, let Thy blessing
Fall upon this land of ours
Rain and sunshine ever sending
Fill her fields with crops and flowers
We her children do implore Thee
Give us strength, faith, loyalty
Never failing, all enduring
To defend her liberty

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History of the Antigua and Barbuda Flag

The flag of Antigua and Barbuda, adopted on February 27, 1967, holds significant historical and cultural symbolism. It was designed by Sir Reginald Samuel during a national flag competition in anticipation of the country’s independence from British colonial rule.

The flag features red, symbolizing the energy and lifeblood of the country’s people; black, representing the African ancestry of many of its citizens; blue, denoting hope and the surrounding ocean; and white, for the sand and the aspirations of the nation. The rising sun emblem signifies the dawn of a new era after centuries of British colonization. The seven rays of the sun represent the light illuminating the country and its six parishes.

The unique design of the flag was conceived to reflect the nation’s heritage and aspirations. It was intended to be distinct and easily recognizable, setting Antigua and Barbuda apart on the international stage. The use of bold colors and symbols encapsulates the nation’s journey towards self-determination and reflects the pride and unity of its people.

Since its adoption, the flag has become a prominent national symbol. It is a source of pride for Antiguans and Barbudans, representing their rich history, diverse culture, and the natural beauty of the islands. The flag is prominently displayed on national holidays, in government buildings, and at international events, symbolizing the unity and identity of the nation. The flag of Antigua and Barbuda is not just a national emblem but a representation of the country’s journey, achievements, and aspirations for a prosperous future.