Flag of Guinea-Bissau

The national flag of Guinea-Bissau was adopted in 1973 when independence from Portugal was proclaimed.

Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg
UseNational flag and ensign
AdoptedSeptember 24, 1973 (1973-09-24)
DesignOne vertical red line on the hoist side charged with a black five-pointed star; two horizontal lines on the fly side (yellow and green)


Portuguese Guinea
NamesBandeira das Quinas (Flag of the Five Escutcheons), Bandeira Verde-Rubra (Green-Red Flag)
UseNational flag and ensign
Adopted30 June 1911
Relinquished23 September 1973
DesignA 2:3 vertically striped bicolour of green and red, with the lesser coat of arms of Portugal centred over the colour boundary


Like the former flag of Cape Verde, the flag is based on that of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). The party was established in 1956 to peacefully campaign for independence from Portugal during its Estado Novo regime, but turned to armed conflict in the 1960s and was one of the belligerents in the 1963–74 Guinea-Bissau War of Independence. It is still the dominant party in Guinea-Bissau. The PAIGC party flag was derived from that of Ghana, which was the first design to use the Pan-African combination of red, yellow, green, and black in 1957.

In the Ghanaian view, the black star stands for the unity of Africa. Red stands for the blood shed during the struggle for independence, yellow stands for the sun, and green represents hope.

The flag features the traditional Pan-African colors of gold, green, red, and also the Black Star of Africa. The flag's design is heavily influenced by the flag of Ghana. The colors have the same meanings: specifically, the red is for the blood of martyrs, green for forests, and gold for mineral wealth.


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