Flag of Gabon

Gabon Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesGA, GAB, 266
Official NameGabonese Republic
Government TypePresidential Republic
CurrencyCentral African CFA franc (XAF)
Calling Code+241
Member OfUnited Nations, African Union, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
PopulationApprox. 2.1 million (as of 2023)
Total Area267,667 square kilometers
Highest PointMont Bengoué (1,070 meters or 3,510 feet)
Lowest PointAtlantic Ocean (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $7,400 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 66 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.ga

Gabon National Anthem

La Concorde (The Concord)

United in concord and brotherhood,
Awake, Gabon, dawn is upon us,
Encourage the spirit that thrives and grows,
Let the dismal past be behind us,
Let us steer the ship of our destiny,
Onward, towards the new day.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Gabon Flag

The flag of Gabon was officially adopted on August 9, 1960, following the country’s independence from France. The design of the flag is a tricolor, consisting of three horizontal bands of green, yellow, and blue.

The green color at the top symbolizes the rich forests and natural resources of Gabon, reflecting the country’s position in the equatorial rainforest zone. The yellow band represents the equator, which runs through the country and symbolizes the sun and Gabon’s position at the center of Africa. The blue band at the bottom represents the Atlantic Ocean along Gabon’s coast, highlighting the country’s maritime identity.

Prior to independence, Gabon used the flag of French Equatorial Africa, of which it was a part. The current flag was designed to symbolize Gabon’s new sovereignty and its unique geographical and cultural characteristics.

The flag of Gabon stands out among the flags of African nations for its simplicity and the meaning behind its colors. It avoids the use of traditional Pan-African colors, choosing instead to focus on the nation’s own geographical and cultural identity. This flag is a source of pride for Gabonese people and represents their aspirations, unity, and connection to their land and its natural beauty. The flag is a symbol of national identity, reflecting both the country’s rich natural heritage and its modern aspirations.