Flag of Burundi

Burundi Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesBI, BDI, 108
Official NameRepublic of Burundi
Government TypePresidential Republic
CurrencyBurundian Franc (BIF)
Calling Code+257
Member OfUnited Nations, African Union, East African Community, International Organisation of La Francophonie
PopulationApprox. 11.9 million (as of 2023)
Total Area27,834 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Heha (2,684 meters or 8,806 feet)
Lowest PointLake Tanganyika (772 meters or 2,533 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $300 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 61 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.bi

Burundi National Anthem

Burundi Bwacu

Burundi, gentle country,
Take your place in the concert of nations,
Acclaimed for your independence,
You have conquered the heart of your children.
Beloved Burundi, worthy of our tenderest love,
We will sing your glories and bless your name.
Free and strong, you are now the equal
Of the most illustrious nations.
Beloved Burundi, worthy of our tenderest love,
We will sing your glories and bless your name.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Burundi Flag

The flag of Burundi was officially adopted on June 28, 1967, reflecting the nation’s history, culture, and values. The design and symbolism of the flag have significant meaning and represent key aspects of the country’s identity.

The flag features a white saltire which divides it into alternating red and green areas. At the center is a white disk bearing three red six-pointed stars outlined in green. The design of the flag is rich in symbolism. The white color represents peace, the green symbolizes the nation’s hopes for future development, and the red stands for the suffering of the nation during its freedom struggle.

The three stars in the center of the flag represent the three major ethnic groups of Burundi: the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. They also stand for the three elements of the national motto: “Unité, Travail, Progrès” (Unity, Work, Progress). The stars’ arrangement in a triangular formation is meant to symbolize unity.

The current flag was adopted following a slight modification in 1982, where the stars were enlarged. The flag of Burundi has undergone changes since the country gained independence in 1962. The original flag had a drum and a sorghum plant which were later removed to create the current design.

The Burundian flag is a symbol of national pride and unity, reflecting the country’s diverse culture and history. It is displayed in public buildings, at national events, and in international settings, representing the spirit and aspirations of the Burundian people. The flag, with its unique design and symbolism, continues to embody the nation’s journey and its commitment to unity, peace, and progress.