Flag of Central African Republic

Central African Republic Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesCF, CAF, 140
Official NameCentral African Republic
Government TypePresidential Republic
CurrencyCentral African CFA franc (XAF)
Calling Code+236
Member OfUnited Nations, African Union, Economic Community of Central African States
PopulationApprox. 4.8 million
Total Area622,984 sq km
Highest PointMount Ngaoui – Mount Ngaoui, the highest point in the Central African Republic, stands at 1,420 meters (4,659 feet)
Lowest PointOubangui River – The lowest point is the Oubangui River, around 335 meters (1,099 feet) above sea level
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $475
Life ExpectancyApprox. 53 years
Internet TLD.cf

Central African Republic National Anthem

La Renaissance (The Renaissance)

Oh! Central Africa, cradle of the Bantu!
Take up again your right to respect, to life!
Long subjugated, long scorned by all,
But, from today, breaking tyranny’s hold.
Through work, order and dignity
You reconquer your rights, your unity,
And to take this new step
The voice of our ancestors call us.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Central African Republic Flag

The flag of the Central African Republic is a distinctive symbol of the nation, embodying its history, culture, and aspirations. Adopted on December 1, 1958, the flag was designed by Barthélemy Boganda, the first president of the autonomous territory of Ubangi-Shari, who believed that “France and Africa must march together.” Thus, he envisioned a flag that would symbolize the union between Europe and Africa.

The flag consists of four horizontal bands of blue, white, green, and yellow, with a vertical red stripe in the center. The blue band represents liberty, the white stands for dignity, the green symbolizes hope, the yellow signifies tolerance, and the red represents the blood of the country’s martyrs. The placement of the colors is significant, as the red stripe unites all the other colors, symbolizing the blood that unites all Africans and Europeans.

Each color also has a Pan-African significance, representing the African continent’s savannahs (yellow), forests (green), and the people’s resoluteness (red). The star in the flag’s upper left corner symbolizes guidance towards freedom and emancipation from the colonial past. The flag’s design reflects Boganda’s vision of peace, dignity, and a hopeful future for his country.

The Central African Republic’s flag is unique among African flags for its combination of Pan-African and French colors, representing a crucial part of its identity and history. The flag is a source of national pride and is displayed prominently in public places, at national events, and in international forums where the country is represented. It stands as a symbol of the nation’s unity, sovereignty, and the enduring spirit of its people.