Flag of Botswana

Flag Botswana, Banner Botswana
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National flag on land
582.000 km²
Setswana and English
Pula (BWP)
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Background knowledge

At the time of the British protectorate, Betschuanaland had no flag of its own. It was administered by a British High Commissioner from South Africa. The present flag was introduced on 25.01.1966 (according to other sources on 30.09.1966), created by George Winstanley, and goes back to the flag of the Botswana Democratic Party (three horizontal stripes in white, red and black). It features a total of five horizontal stripes, three stripes of light blue, black and light blue, each separated by a narrow white stripe, in the ratio 9:1:4:1:9. The light blue represents the country's longing for water and also symbolizes the blue sky over the country. Black stands for the majority of the population, white for the white minority. The flag thus expresses the desire for peaceful coexistence between the black population and the white minority.

The national coat of arms of Botswana was introduced on 25.01.1966 (30.09.1966). It shows on a white African shield three blue wavy lines, above them cogwheels symbolizing industry, and below them a bull's head symbolizing agriculture. The wavy lines represent water, and, like the inscription "Pula" (rain), refer to the great importance of water. Shield holders are zebras. The colors black and white also symbolize the two races that live in the country. To the left and right of the coat of arms there is also an elephant tusk and a sorghum plant.

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Light blue with a horizontal white bordered black stripe in the center.


Composer: Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete Songwriter: Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete

That's what ChatGPT knows about the flag of Botswana

This is what an AI says about the Botswanan flag
The national flag of Botswana consists of three evenly divided stripes in the colors blue, black and white. It was introduced on September 30, 1966 and symbolizes the progress of the country. The flag is also a symbol of the country's unity and cooperation between the different ethnic groups.
This is what an AI knows about the history of the Botswanan flag
The national flag of Botswana was adopted on September 30, 1966, when the country gained its independence from Great Britain. The flag is a Pan-African design dominated by a dark blue background with a white border surrounded by a black stripe. In the center of the flag is an emblem representing a shield with an elephant's head and a sword.
This is how an AI describes the Botswanan flag
The national flag of Botswana consists of a dark blue background on which there is a white crossbar. In the center of the crossbar are five white stars, representing the five tribes of the country. On the crossbar there is also a shield representing the coat of arms of Botswana.

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