Flag of Taiwan

Taiwan Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes (However, the political status of Taiwan is complex and widely disputed)
Country CodesTW, TWN, 158
Official NameRepublic of China (Taiwan)
Government TypeSemi-Presidential Republic
CurrencyNew Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
Calling Code+886
Member OfWorld Trade Organization (WTO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
PopulationApproximately 23.5 million
Total Area36,193 km²
Highest PointYu Shan or Jade Mountain (3,952 meters, 12,966 feet)
Lowest PointSouth China Sea (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 25,026
Life Expectancy80 years
Internet TLD.tw

Taiwan National Anthem

Zhōnghuá Mínguó Guógē (National Anthem of the Republic of China)

San Min Chu-i, our aim shall be:
To found a free land, world peace, be our stand.
Lead on, comrades, vanguards ye are.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Taiwan Flag

The flag of Taiwan, also known as the “Blue Sky, White Sun, and a Wholly Red Earth” flag, was adopted on October 28, 1928. It is the flag of the Republic of China (ROC), which Taiwan is officially known as.

The flag features a red field with a blue canton bearing a white sun with twelve triangular rays. The white sun symbolizes the twelve months and the twelve traditional Chinese hours, conveying the spirit of progress. The blue represents liberty, democracy, and the sky, while the red stands for the people’s livelihood and fraternity.

This flag was originally used by the Kuomintang (KMT, the Nationalist Party of China) and represented the Republic of China during its rule over mainland China before the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, after which the ROC government retreated to Taiwan.

The flag has been a source of controversy and debate due to its association with the KMT and the historical and political complexities between Taiwan and mainland China. Despite this, it remains the flag used by the government of Taiwan and is a symbol of Taiwanese identity, especially in international events where Taiwan is not allowed to compete under its name due to political pressure from the People’s Republic of China.

The flag of Taiwan represents the resilience and the democratic values of the Taiwanese people. It is widely displayed and celebrated in Taiwan, especially on national holidays and during international events where Taiwan participates.