Flag of Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Pierre and Miquelon Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Territorial collectivity of France)
Country CodesPM, SPM
Official NameSaint Pierre and Miquelon
ContinentNorth America
Government TypeFrench overseas collectivity
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Calling Code+508
Member OfNot a member, but part of France which is a member of the United Nations, European Union, etc.
PopulationApproximately 6,008 (2020 estimate)
Total Area242 sq km
Highest PointMorne de la Grande Montagne (240 meters or 787 feet)
Lowest PointAtlantic Ocean (Sea Level)
GDP Per CapitaNot widely reported, but as a part of France, it benefits from the French economic system
Life ExpectancySimilar to France, approx. 82 years
Internet TLD.pm

French National Anthem (for Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

La Marseillaise

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

Canada Flag

History of the Saint Pierre and Miquelon Flag

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, while officially a territorial collectivity of France, has a local flag that is not officially recognized but widely used. This flag, a ship on a blue background with a yellow and green diagonal cross, reflects the archipelago’s maritime history and its Basque, Breton, and Norman heritage.

The ship symbolizes the discovery of the islands by the Portuguese in 1521, and the colors represent the Basque (red), Breton (white), and Norman (blue) origins of many of its inhabitants. The flag’s design is relatively recent and has been in use since the 1980s. It is a symbol of the islands’ unique cultural identity within the French Republic.

Although the French Tricolor is the official flag due to the islands’ status as a French collectivity, the local flag is a significant symbol of regional pride. It is often seen flying alongside the French national flag, especially on local festivals and cultural events, symbolizing the blend of local traditions with the broader French identity. The history of the flag is a testament to the islands’ rich cultural mosaic, shaped by centuries of exploration, fishing, and strategic importance in the North Atlantic.