Flag of Macau

Macau Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Special Administrative Region of China)
Country CodesMO, MAC
Official NameMacao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
CapitalMacau City
Government TypeSpecial Administrative Region under “One Country, Two Systems” principle
CurrencyMacanese pataca (MOP)
Calling Code+853
Member OfParticipates in some organizations under China’s sovereignty
PopulationApproximately 650,000 (as of 2023)
Total AreaApproximately 32.9 square kilometers
Highest PointColoane Alto (172 meters or 564 feet)
Lowest PointSouth China Sea (sea level)
GDP Per CapitaEstimated at around $40,000 USD (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyEstimated at around 84 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.mo

Macau National Anthem

March of the Volunteers (as a part of China)

Arise! All who refuse to be slaves!
Let our flesh and blood become our new Great Wall!
As the Chinese nation faces its greatest peril,
All forcefully expend their last cries.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

China Flag

History of the Macau Flag

The flag of Macau, a Special Administrative Region of China, is distinct and symbolic. Officially adopted on December 20, 1999, when Macau was handed over to China by Portugal, the flag represents the region’s unique status and cultural heritage.

The flag is green with a lotus flower above a stylized image of the Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge and water, under a five-star arc. The lotus, Macau’s floral emblem, symbolizes the everlasting blooming of Macau. The bridge, a significant landmark, represents the region’s infrastructure and development. The water beneath suggests Macau’s geographic character as a coastal city. The five stars echo the flag of China, indicating Macau’s relationship with its sovereign state.

The design process for the Macau flag was meticulous, involving public input and careful consideration to reflect Macau’s identity. The green color is unique, distinguishing it from both China’s and Portugal’s flags, symbolizing vitality and prosperity.

The flag’s establishment marked a critical transition in Macau’s history from a Portuguese colony to a Chinese Special Administrative Region. It signifies a blend of Eastern and Western cultures, maintaining Macau’s distinct cultural heritage and autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy.

The flag is integral to Macau’s national events and celebrations, especially on Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, celebrated annually on December 20th. The flag symbolizes not just political change but the fusion of diverse cultural influences, representing Macau’s rich history and its aspirations for the future.