Flag of Samoa
The flag of the Independent State of Samoa was officially adopted as the national symbol in February 1949.
Description and proportions of the flag of Samoa
Flag of Samoa has a classic shaperectangle, which accepted the vast majority of the world powers. Width of the flag to its length at a ratio of 1: 2. Flag of Samoa under the laws of the country can be used for all purposes and in the water and on land as the state bodies and officials, and the citizens of the state.
The main field of the flag of Samoa -bright red. The upper quarter of the flag nearest the flagpole, is painted in a bright blue color. In the quadrangular blue field shows five white five-pointed stars of various sizes, forming a stylized Southern Cross constellation.
These stars have found their place on the arms of Samoa,which was approved in 1962, the day of independence. In heraldic shield depicts a white Southern Cross on a blue background, above which rises a green coconut palm tree with golden fruit. Below the emblem is held white ribbon with the motto "God - the basis of Samoa." Shield surrounds a wreath of green olive branches and crowns the coat of arms of the Catholic cross, made in red and blue colors.
Symbols in Samoa emblem chosen not by chance. Catholicism - the main religion professed by the vast majority of Samoa. Coconut palm tree and ocean waters indicate the location of the state, and the olive branches symbolize the desire for peace and prosperity.
History of the Flag of Samoa
As previously colonial possession of variousworld powers, Samoa used multiple flags as a national symbol. In 1900, the flag was adopted by the German Samoa, whose flag was a tricolor, which equal horizontal stripes were black, white and red. This flag lasted until 1914.
Then Samoa area came into the possession of the NewZealand, and the flag was a blue quadrangular panel. Its upper quarter near the staff contained an image of the flag of Great Britain, and the right four red five-pointed star with a white outline of various sizes located on it. The country became known as Western Samoa.
In 1949, the state received a modern flag does not change since their species.