Flag of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Overseas department and region of France)
Country CodesGP, GLP, 312
Official NameGuadeloupe
ContinentNorth America
Government TypeOverseas department and region of France
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Calling Code+590
Member OfAs a part of France, it is included in the European Union and other international bodies
PopulationApproximately 400,000 (as of 2023)
Total Area1,628 square kilometers
Highest PointLa Soufrière (1,467 meters or 4,813 feet)
Lowest PointCaribbean Sea (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaIntegrated with the economy of France; Eurozone statistics apply
Life ExpectancySimilar to France, around 82 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.gp

La Marseillaise (National Anthem of France)

Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us, tyranny’s
Bloody banner is raised, (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!
To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows! (repeat)

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Guadeloupe Flag

Guadeloupe, as an overseas department and region of France, does not have an official flag separate from that of France. However, it often uses a regional flag representing its unique identity. The regional flag, which is not officially recognized, features a blue field with a sun and a green and red bird, called a “Sugarcane Sparrow,” positioned above a sugarcane stalk. This flag was designed in 1981 by a local artist and symbolizes the island’s natural beauty and agricultural heritage.

The national flag of France, known as “La Tricolore,” is the official flag used in Guadeloupe for all government and administrative purposes. The French flag, adopted in 1794, consists of three vertical stripes: blue, white, and red. The blue stripe is nearest the flagpole. It was designed during the French Revolution and symbolizes liberty, equality, and fraternity – the ideals of the Revolution.

Although Guadeloupe has no separate official flag, the regional flag is widely recognized and used in cultural and sporting events. It reflects the unique cultural blend of the island, incorporating elements from African, European, and indigenous heritages. The presence of the French flag underscores Guadeloupe’s connection to France and its place within the French Republic.

The history of the flag in Guadeloupe mirrors the island’s complex colonial past and its evolution as a multicultural society. While the regional flag represents the local culture and identity, the French flag is a reminder of the political and administrative ties with France. Together, they symbolize the unique character of Guadeloupe as a blend of local and European influences.