Flag Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesCI, CIV
Official NameRepublic of Côte d’Ivoire
Government TypePresidential Republic
CurrencyWest African CFA franc (XOF)
Calling Code+225
Member OfUnited Nations, African Union, Economic Community of West African States
PopulationApproximately 26 million
Total Area322,463 square kilometers
Highest PointMont Nimba (1,752 meters, 5,748 feet)
Lowest PointGulf of Guinea (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per Capita$2,200
Life ExpectancyAround 57 years
Internet TLD.ci

Côte d’Ivoire National Anthem


We salute you, O land of hope,
Country of hospitality;
Your full gallant legions
Have restored your dignity.
Beloved Ivory Coast, your sons,
Proud builders of your greatness,
All mustered together for your glory,
In joy will we construct you.

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History of the Côte d’Ivoire Flag

The flag of Côte d’Ivoire holds a significant place in the nation’s history and identity. Adopted on December 3, 1959, prior to its independence from France in 1960, the flag reflects the country’s values, aspirations, and colonial past. It consists of three vertical stripes of orange, white, and green. These colors are symbolic, representing the land (orange), peace (white), and hope and the lush forests (green).

The design of the flag was inspired by the French Tricolore, reflecting Côte d’Ivoire’s past as a French colony. However, the choice of colors is distinctly Ivorian. The orange represents the northern savannas, the richness of the land, and the blood of young people fighting for freedom. The white symbolizes peace, with the river and the unity of all Ivorians. The green represents the coastal forests and hope for a bright future.

The flag has remained unchanged since it was first adopted, which is a testament to the enduring nature of the nation’s identity and values. The colors and design are ingrained in the national consciousness and have become a strong symbol of national pride. The flag’s simplicity and distinctiveness make it easily recognizable and have helped it become an enduring symbol of Côte d’Ivoire’s national unity and sovereignty in the African and global context.