Flag of Mauritius

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Mauritius
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Name The Four Stripes, Les Quatre Bandes
Use National flag
Proportion 2:3
Design A four horizontal stripes of red, blue, yellow and green.
Civil Ensign of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use Civil ensign
Proportion 1:2
Government Ensign of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use State ensign
Proportion 1:2
Naval Ensign of Mauritius.svg
Variant flag of Mauritius
Use Naval ensign
Proportion 26:57

The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Stripes and Les Quatre Bandes (French for "the four stripes"), was adopted upon independence, March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal stripes of equal width, coloured (from top to bottom) red, blue, yellow, and green. The flag was recorded at the College of Arms in London on 9 January 1968.

The civil ensign (for private vessels) and government ensign (for state vessels) are red and blue flags, respectively, each with the national flag in the canton and the coat of arms of Mauritius in the fly.

The naval ensign (used by coast guard vessels) is an unusual design consisting of red, white, and blue vertical stripes of unequal widths defaced by a central anchor/key emblem.

Colours[edit]

The flag of Mauritius consists of red, blue, yellow and green stripes which stand for:

  • Red: Representing the bloodshed at the time of slavery and colonisation.
  • Blue: the Indian Ocean, in the middle of which Mauritius is situated.
  • Yellow: the new light of independence shining over the island and the golden sunshine.
  • Green: the lush vegetation of the island.

The official colour codes of the flag are in accordance with the Mauritius Standard Bureau.[1]

Colour; Pantone Fashion home cotton

  • Red 18-1664TC or 185 C
  • Blue 19-3939TC or 295 C
  • Yellow 14-0957TC or 116 C
  • Green 17-6030TC or 356 C

Sizes[edit]

The official sizes of the flag are in accordance with the Mauritius Standard Bureau; standard MS.1-1:2011. The flag size is in the ratio of 2:3.

Type of Flag Width×Height
(mm)
Height of each colour Band
(mm)
Mast Flag 1800×1200 300
Desk Flag/hand held flag 150×100 25
Car Flag 300×200 50

Historical Flags[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MS 1 National Flag". Mauritius Standard Bureau. October 2008. p. 6. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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