Flag of Samoa

Samoa Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesWS, WSM, 882
Official NameIndependent State of Samoa
Government TypeParliamentary Republic
CurrencySamoan Tālā (WST)
Calling Code+685
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, Pacific Community, Pacific Islands Forum
PopulationApproximately 200,000
Total Area2,842 km²
Highest PointMount Silisili (1,858 meters, 6,096 feet)
Lowest PointPacific Ocean (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 4,300
Life Expectancy73 years
Internet TLD.ws

Samoa National Anthem

The Banner of Freedom

Samoa, arise and raise your banner that is your crown!
Oh! see and behold the stars on the waving banner!
They are a sign that Samoa is able to lead.
Oh! Samoa, hold fast
Your freedom forever!

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Samoa Flag

The national flag of Samoa was officially adopted on February 24, 1949, while it was still a United Nations Trust Territory under New Zealand administration. It was retained upon independence on January 1, 1962.

The flag consists of a red field with a blue rectangle in the canton, bearing the Southern Cross constellation represented by five white stars. The color red symbolizes courage, the blue rectangle represents freedom, and the white stars stand for purity. The Southern Cross is a common motif in the flags of the Pacific region and symbolizes Samoa’s geographical location in the South Pacific.

The flag’s design was chosen to represent Samoa’s national identity and its aspirations as a sovereign state. The use of the Southern Cross connects Samoa with its Pacific neighbors, while the distinct color scheme distinguishes it from other nations’ flags.

Since its adoption, the flag has become a symbol of Samoan pride and unity. It is flown across Samoa and represents the nation in various international contexts, including sports events and diplomatic occasions. The Samoan flag embodies the spirit and heritage of the Samoan people, reflecting their culture, history, and the natural beauty of their islands.