Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo


    Dem. Rep. of the Congo Flag facts
    Adopted: 20 February 2006
    Proportion (width:length): 3:4
    See also: Republic of Congo Flag






    Democratic Republic of Congo Flag - Information
    The flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is sky blue field divided diagonally from the lower hoist corner to upper fly corner by a red stripe bordered by two narrow yellow stripes; a yellow, five-pointed star appears in the upper hoist corner




    Democratic Republic of Congo Flag - colors meaning/symbolism
    Blue represents peace and hope
    Red stands for the blood of the country's martyrs
    Yellow stands for the country's wealth and prosperity
    Star symbolizes unity and the brilliant future for the country


    Democratic Republic of Congo flag history

    Flag of International African Association had a blue field with a yellow, five-pointed star in the middle. This flag was used by King Leopold's Association Internationale Africaine in 1877. After the territory was recognized as an official possession of Leopold II at the Berlin Conference, the same flag was used as the flag of the Congo Free State (1877–1908) and the Belgian Congo (1908–1960)


    The Republic of the Congo or Congo-Léopoldville was a state founded after independence was granted to the former Belgian Congo in 1960. After gaining independence from Belgium on 30 June 1960, six stars were incorporated to the previous flag's design to symbolize the six provinces of the country at the time.




    In 1963, a new flag was adopted with a blue field divided diagonally from the lower hoist corner to upper fly corner by a red stripe bordered by two narrow yellow stripes and with a yellow, five-pointed star in the upper hoist corner. on 1 August 1964, the country's name was changed to Democratic Republic of the Congo


    The flag used from 1966–1971 and consisted of the same yellow star, now made smaller and the center red band wider. The red symbolized the people's blood; the yellow symbolized prosperity; the blue symbolized hope; and the star represented unity.







    In 1971 President Mobutu Sese Seko changed the name of the country to the Republic of Zaire and adopted a new national flag - a light green flag, ornamented in the center with a yellow circle in which a right hand is holding a torch with a red flame. The "green flag with torch" was used until 1997 when the country's name and flag were changed again




    In 1992, the Sovereign National Conference voted to change the name of the country to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the change was implemented by former president Laurent-Désiré Kabila following the fall of long time dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997.








    Kabila's son Joseph became president following the assassination of his father in 2001. He had brought a measure of stability to the country and proclaimed the country's “Third Republic” on February 18, 2006. The old national flag of the sixties was made the official flag, though the field was a lighter shade of blue.