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The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands and Les Quatre Bandes (French for "the four bands"), was adopted upon independence, March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal bands of equal width, coloured (from top to bottom) red, blue, yellow, and green. The flag was recorded at the College of Arms in London on 9 January 1968.

Mauritius
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Name The Four Bands, Les Quatre Bandes
Use National flag
Proportion 2:3
Design Four horizontal bands of red, blue, yellow and green.
Civil Ensign of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use Civil ensign
Proportion 1:2
Government Ensign of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use State ensign
Proportion 1:2
Naval Ensign of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use Naval ensign
Proportion 26:57
Presidential Standard of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use Presidential standard
Proportion 2:3

The civil ensign (for private vessels) and government ensign (for state vessels) are red and blue flags, respectively, each with the national flag in the canton and the coat of arms of Mauritius in the fly.

The naval ensign (used by coast guard vessels) is an unusual design consisting of red, white, and blue vertical stripes of unequal widths defaced by a central anchor/key emblem.

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ColoursEdit

The flag of Mauritius consists of red, blue, yellow and green bands which stands for:[1]

  • Red: Red represents the struggle for freedom and independence.
  • Blue: Blue represents the Indian Ocean, in the middle of which Mauritius is situated.
  • Yellow: Yellow represents the new light of independence.
  • Green: Green represents the agriculture of Mauritius and its colour throughout the 12 months of the year.

The official colour codes of the flag are in accordance with the Mauritius Standard Bureau.[2]

Colour; Pantone Fashion home cotton

  • Red 18-1664TC or 185 C
  • Blue 19-3939TC or 295 C
  • Yellow 14-0957TC or 116 C
  • Green 17-6030TC or 356 C

SizesEdit

The official sizes of the flag are in accordance with the Mauritius Standard Bureau; standard MS.1-1:2011. The flag size is in the ratio of 2:3.

Type of Flag Width×Height
(mm)
Height of each colour Band
(mm)
Mast Flag 1800×1200 300
Desk Flag/hand held flag 150×100 25
Car Flag 300×200 50

Historical flagsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Government Gazette of Mauritius (2015). "THE NATIONAL FLAG ACT 2015" (PDF). The Government Gazette of Mauritius. 
  2. ^ "MS 1 National Flag" (PDF). Mauritius Standard Bureau. October 2008. p. 6. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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