The flag of Tuvalu was adopted when the country became independent after it was separated from the Gilbert Islands in 1976.
Like the flag of many other British colonies, the flag of Tuvalu consists of a blue field with a Union Jack at the canton. The previous flag was also based on the Union Jack but it had a coat of arms. At the lower part of the flag, there are eight stars in the form of a Southern Cross. This name was named accidentally. From ancient language, the name of Tuvalu may be translated as “eight”. It was a symbol of eight islands which were inhabited for the first time. The stars were located from north to the west which is geographically the same as the location of islands.
Citizens of this little island country are entirely patriotic. They believe that the national symbol entirely reflects the history of this country.
Total area:26 km2
Formation:1. 10. 1978
Currency:australian dollar (AUD)