Flag of Tokelau

Tokelau Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Territory of New Zealand)
Country CodesTK, TKL, 772
Official NameTokelau
CapitalEach atoll has its own administrative center
Government TypeDependent Territory of New Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Calling Code+690
Member OfParticipates in Pacific Community and Pacific Islands Forum through New Zealand
PopulationApproximately 1,500
Total Area12 km²
Highest PointJust above sea level (approx. 5 meters, 16 feet)
Lowest PointPacific Ocean (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaData not widely available
Life ExpectancyData not widely available
Internet TLD.tk

Tokelau National Anthem

As a territory of New Zealand, Tokelau does not have its own national anthem and officially uses “God Defend New Zealand” and “God Save the King.”

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Tokelau Flag

The flag of Tokelau was officially adopted on May 29, 2009. Prior to this, as a territory of New Zealand, Tokelau used the New Zealand flag for official purposes.

The Tokelau flag features a blue field with a yellow Southern Cross and a white canoe with a sail on a blue ocean wave. The blue represents the ocean, crucial to the livelihoods and culture of Tokelauans. The canoe, or “vaka,” symbolizes the journey of Tokelau’s ancestors, navigating by the stars, which are represented by the Southern Cross constellation. The white color of the canoe represents peace and harmony.

The adoption of this flag was a significant step for Tokelau in establishing its own identity while still acknowledging its connection with New Zealand. It reflects the unique culture, heritage, and aspirations of the Tokelauan people.

The flag is a symbol of unity for Tokelauans, representing their traditions, their relationship with the sea, and their navigation towards a hopeful future. The flag is used in Tokelau and in international events where Tokelau is represented. Despite its relatively recent adoption, it has become a source of pride and a symbol of Tokelau’s distinct cultural identity within the Pacific region.