Flag of Burundi

Flag Burundi, Banner Burundi
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27.834 km²
Kirundi, additional official language French
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Background knowledge

The Kingdom of Burundi became independent on 01.07.1962. The flag introduced in this context is divided by a white diagonal cross into four quarters, one green on the left and one on the right, one red on the top and one on the bottom. In the center, the flag bore a white disc with a drum (symbol of the Tutsi monarchy) and a millet plant on it. Green represents hope, red represents the blood shed in the struggle for independence, and white represents peace. The monarchy was overthrown on 28.11.1966, and the republic was proclaimed. After intermediate solutions, the flag was changed to its present form on 28.07.1967. The drum and millet plant on the 1962 flag were replaced by three red six-pointed stars outlined in green. The three stars stand for the state's motto "Unité, Travail, Progress" => "Unity, Work, Progress", respectively for the three ethnic groups in the country, the Tutsi, Hutu and Twa. The 1962 coat of arms showed a red shield with a golden lion's head, behind it four crossed spears, above the shield the Tutsi drum, and below it in a band of letters the state motto: "Ganza Sabwa" => "Ruling Governing." After the proclamation of the republic, one of the spears and the drum were removed, and the state motto was changed. The three spears refer to them three stars in the flag.

Text courtesy of Flaggenlexikon.de

Divided into red and green squares by a white diagonal cross; white disk in the center bearing three red six-pointed stars outlined in green (one star above, two below, arranged in a triangle).


Composer: Marc Barengayabo Songwriter: Jean-Baptiste Ntahokaja