Flag of Maldives

Maldives Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesMV, MDV
Official NameRepublic of Maldives
Government TypePresidential Republic
CurrencyMaldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
Calling Code+960
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
PopulationApproximately 540,000 (as of 2023)
Total AreaAround 298 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Villingili (2.4 meters or 7.9 feet)
Lowest PointIndian Ocean (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaEstimated $11,890 USD (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyAbout 78 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.mv

Maldivian National Anthem

Gaumii salaam (National Salute)

We salute our nation with its bountiful joy
With Maldivian hearts, full of content
We have achieved peace and happiness
We wish to sustain this blessing forever

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Maldivian Flag

The flag of Maldives has a distinctive and symbolic design that represents the country’s Islamic faith and its beautiful, tropical setting. The current flag was officially adopted on July 25, 1965.

The flag consists of a red field with a green rectangle in the center, and a white crescent facing the hoist side. The red represents the boldness of the nation’s heroes and their willingness to sacrifice their blood in defense of their country. The green rectangle symbolizes peace and prosperity, reflecting the life-giving nature of the lush greenery of the islands. The white crescent is a symbol of Islam, the main religion of Maldives.

The history of the Maldivian flag is intertwined with the country’s history and Islamic heritage. Before the current design, the flag underwent several changes, especially during periods of colonial influence. The introduction of the green and white elements in the flag was a significant moment, coinciding with the country’s reassertion of independence and national identity.

The Maldivian flag is not only a symbol of national pride but also a reminder of the country’s journey towards sovereignty and self-determination. It has remained unchanged since its adoption, symbolizing stability and the enduring spirit of the Maldivian people. The flag is a prominent feature in national celebrations and a representation of the Maldives in international forums, embodying the essence of the nation’s identity and values.