Flag of Vanuatu

Vanuatu Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesVU, VUT, 548
Official NameRepublic of Vanuatu
CapitalPort Vila
Government TypeParliamentary Republic
CurrencyVanuatu Vatu (VUV)
Calling Code+678
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, Pacific Islands Forum
PopulationApproximately 307,815
Total Area12,189 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Tabwemasana (1,877 meters, 6,158 feet)
Lowest PointPacific Ocean (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 3,100
Life ExpectancyAround 72 years
Internet TLD.vu

Vanuatu National Anthem

Yumi, Yumi, Yumi

We, we, we are happy to proclaim
We, we, we are the people of Vanuatu
God has given us this land; this is our land
We are grateful for it, we are grateful for it

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Vanuatu Flag

The flag of Vanuatu, adopted on February 13, 1980, is a symbol of the nation’s struggle for independence and its cultural heritage. The flag’s design reflects the country’s unique identity, distinct from its colonial past.

The Y-shaped pattern represents the chain of islands that make up the nation, symbolizing unity in diversity. The black field with a yellow-fringed boar’s tusk encircling two crossed namele fern fronds is a traditional symbol of prosperity and peace. The boar’s tusk, an important cultural emblem, signifies wealth and status, while the namele fronds are considered a symbol of peace.

The flag’s colors are also deeply symbolic. The red represents the blood of boars and the men who fought for freedom, the green signifies the richness of the islands, and the black the ni-Vanuatu people. The yellow symbolizes Christianity, which played a significant role in the nation’s history.

The flag’s adoption marked a significant moment in Vanuatu’s history, replacing the flags of its colonial rulers, France and the United Kingdom. It embodies the nation’s journey towards independence, achieved on July 30, 1980, and reflects the aspirations and values of its people. The Vanuatu flag is a powerful symbol of national pride, representing the country’s sovereignty, cultural heritage, and unity.