Flag of Kenya

Kenya Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesKE, KEN
Official NameRepublic of Kenya
Government TypePresidential Representative Democratic Republic
CurrencyKenyan Shilling (KES)
Calling Code+254
Member OfUnited Nations, African Union, East African Community, Commonwealth of Nations
PopulationApproximately 54 million (as of 2023)
Total Area580,367 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Kenya (5,199 meters or 17,057 feet)
Lowest PointIndian Ocean Sea Level
GDP Per CapitaAround $1,800 USD
Life ExpectancyApproximately 67 years
Internet TLD.ke

Kenya National Anthem

Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God of All Creation)

O God of all creation,
Bless this our land and nation,
Justice be our shield and defender,
May we dwell in unity,
Peace and liberty,
Plenty be found within our borders.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Kenyan Flag

The Kenyan flag, known as the “Harambee Flag,” was officially adopted on December 12, 1963, the day Kenya became an independent country. The design of the flag is an adaptation of the flag of the Kenya African National Union, the political party that led the fight for independence.

The flag features three major colors: black, red, and green. The black color represents the people of Kenya, red symbolizes the blood shed during the struggle for independence, and green stands for the country’s natural wealth. Above and below these horizontal bands are narrow white stripes, added to symbolize peace and honesty.

At the center of the flag lies a Maasai shield and two crossed spears, symbolizing the defense of all the things represented by the three colors. The shield and spears are traditional symbols of the Maasai tribe, one of the first inhabitants of the Kenyan territory, representing Kenya’s pride in its cultural heritage and a commitment to protect its people and land.

The flag of Kenya is a powerful symbol of national unity, reflecting the country’s journey towards independence, its struggles, and its rich cultural heritage. It embodies the spirit of “Harambee,” a Swahili word meaning “all pull together,” which has been a guiding principle for the nation in overcoming challenges. The flag is a source of pride and patriotism among Kenyans and is prominently displayed during national events and celebrations.