Flag of Maldives

Flag of Maldives
Country Maldives
Population 521,021 (2023)
Area (Km²) 300
Сontinent Asia
Emoji 🇲🇻
  hex rgb
#C8102E 200, 16, 46
#00843D 0, 132, 61
#FFFFFF 255, 255, 255

The flag of the Maldives has a red background with a green rectangle in the center, inside which is a white crescent. It was adopted on July 25, 1965.

What is the meaning of the colors and symbols of the Maldives flag?

  • The white crescent and star are symbols of Islam, the most widespread religion in the Maldives; 
  • green color symbolizes peace, wealth and prosperity; 
  • red color symbolizes the nation's courage and the blood they are willing to shed to protect themselves.

Briefly about how the flag of the Maldives has changed

Between 1796 and 1903, during the reign of the Huraa dynasty, the first flag of the Maldives was a simple red field. Later, the flag was added with a black and white vertical stripe.
In 1926, the then Prime Minister Amir Abdul Majid Didi added a white crescent moon to the flag. In 1953, a green rectangle was added to the moon, and the white crescent itself was turned to the right as the country became a republic. 

Briefly about how the flag of the Maldives has changed

In 1965, the Maldives gained independence from Great Britain, and the black and white vertical stripe was removed from the flag.