Flag of Liberia

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Liberian Flag
Former flag of Liberia (1827-1847)

The Liberian flag bears close resemblance to the flag of the United States, showing the ex-American slave origins of the country.[1] The Liberian flag has similar red and white stripes, as well as a blue square with a white star in the canton. It was adopted on Friday, April 26, 1847.[2]

Symbolism[edit]

The eleven stripes symbolize the signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, red and white symbolizing courage and moral excellence. The white star represents the freedom the ex-slaves were given, above the blue square representing the African mainland.[3]

The flag is seen on many ships around the world as Liberia offers registration under its flag. Shipping companies do this to avoid taxes and restrictions that other countries enforce. As the second most popular flag of convenience (after Panama), it is estimated that 1700 foreign-owned ships fly the Liberian flag.[4] This brings in much of the country's revenue.[5]

County flags[edit]

Liberia is subdivided into 15 counties, each of which are entitled to their own flag. Each county flag bears the national flag of Liberia in the canton. The county flags are flown at regional offices and together encircling the national flag of Liberia at the Presidential Palace.

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