Flag of Sri Lanka

Flag Sri Lanka, Banner Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka
officially: Sri Jayewardenepura - Kotte (on the outskirts of Colombo, population approx. 100,000); de facto: Colombo (population approx. 1 million)
65.610 km²
Sinhala and Tamil; lingua franca English
Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR)
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Yellow with two faces; the face on the flagpole has two vertical stripes of the same size (green, orange); the face next to it is a large dark red rectangle with a yellow lion holding a sword, there is also a yellow leaf in each of the four corners; the yellow base color of the flag acts as a border around the entire flag as well as the individual faces within the flag.


Elements of the flag originate from the Sinhala kingdom of Kandy. Singhala or Sinhala means 'the lion'. The sword symbolizes authority. The golden-yellow border symbolizes Buddhism, which is supposed to protect the country. In 1951, the two vertical stripes (green and orange) were added. Green symbolizes Muslim and orange symbolizes Hindu. When the country changed its name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka in 1972, a leaf was added to each of the four corners of the dark red rectangle. The leaves remind of the tree under which Siddhartha sat when he was enlightened and became Buddha.


Composer: ආනන්ද සමරකෝන් (Ananda Samarkone) Songwriter: ආනන්ද සමරකෝන් (Ananda Samarkone) (Sinhala), M. Nallathamby (Tamil)

That's what ChatGPT knows about the flag of Sri Lanka

This is what an AI says about the Sri lankan flag
The flag of Sri Lanka was adopted in 1948 and is a symbolic representation of the nation. It consists of a gold sword on a sapphire blue field surrounded by two stripes of orange and green. The colors of the flag symbolize the four main religions of the country: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The sword represents the independence and freedom of the country.
This is what an AI knows about the history of the Sri lankan flag
The national flag of Sri Lanka was introduced on March 2, 1951. The flag consists of an orange field, a white stripe in the middle and a green field. The colors represent the four main religions of the country: Buddhism (blue), Hinduism (orange), Islam (green) and Christianity (white). The flag became the symbol of Sri Lanka's independence when it was liberated from British colonial rule in 1948.
This is how an AI describes the Sri lankan flag
The national flag of Sri Lanka is a horizontal flag consisting of an orange stripe, a white stripe and a green stripe. The orange stripe represents the Tamils, the white stripe represents the Sinhalese and the green stripe represents the Muslim minorities. In the center of the flag is a golden sword, which stands for the independence and courage of the country.