Flag of Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesMH, MHL, 584
Official NameRepublic of the Marshall Islands
Government TypePresidential Republic in Free Association with the United States
CurrencyUnited States Dollar (USD)
Calling Code+692
Member OfUnited Nations, Pacific Community, Pacific Islands Forum
PopulationApproximately 59,000
Total Area181 km²
Highest PointLikiep Atoll (10 meters, 33 feet)
Lowest PointPacific Ocean (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 3,300
Life Expectancy73 years
Internet TLD.mh

Marshall Islands National Anthem

Forever Marshall Islands

My island (heart) lies o’er the ocean;
Like a wreath of flowers upon the sea;
With a (the) light of Maker from far above;
Shining the with the brilliance of rays of life;
Our Father’s wondrous creation;
Bequeathed to us, our Motherland;
I’ll never leave my dear home sweet home;
God of our forefathers protect and bless forever Marshall Islands.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Marshall Islands Flag

The flag of the Marshall Islands, adopted on May 1, 1979, is deeply symbolic of the country’s geographical and cultural identity. The flag features a blue field with two diagonal orange and white bands extending from the lower hoist-side corner, and a white star with four large and twenty small rays in the upper hoist-side corner.

The blue background represents the Pacific Ocean, which is central to the Marshallese way of life. The bands of orange and white symbolize the Ratak (Sunrise) and Ralik (Sunset) chains of the Marshall Islands, signifying the country’s location in the eastern and western parts of the archipelago. The white star represents the cross of Christianity, with its twenty-four points symbolizing the country’s municipal constituencies.

The current flag is the first and only flag of the Marshall Islands since it gained self-governance. It replaced the flag of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, under which the Marshall Islands were administered by the United States. The adoption of this flag marked a significant moment in the Marshallese journey towards self-determination and independence, which was officially achieved in 1986 under the Compact of Free Association with the United States.

The flag’s colors and symbols have become a source of pride for the Marshallese people, representing their unique identity, culture, and the natural beauty of their island nation. The flag is celebrated and displayed prominently during national events and holidays, serving as a reminder of the nation’s journey and its aspirations for the future.