The national flag of Gabon is a tricolor consisting of three stripes yellow, blue and green. It is adopted in 1960 to replace the previous colonial flag that contained French tricolor at the hoist. The design of the current flag meant removal of the French symbol from the flag and widenning of the central stripe.
France gained control over this territory in 1836 soon after that the French colonial rule was diplomatically confirmed. Before 1958 it was prohibited for the colony to have national symbols. But Gabon has always been one of the most progressive colonies.
The national flag have a political, cultural and religious meaning. Yellow band in the center is the symbol of the equator that divides the country into equal parts. Green is a symbol of the country`s nature and its richness in natural resources. Blue is a symbol of the ocean playing a very important role in the country`s live.
Total area:267,668 km2
Formation:17. 8. 1960
Currency:central african cfa franc (XAF)