Flag of Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Use National flag and civil and state ensign
Proportion 3:4
Adopted 1 July 1971
Design A black and red bend (diagonal bi-colour) with the Southern Cross and a Bird of Paradise
Naval Ensign of Papua New Guinea.svg
Variant flag of Papua New Guinea
Use Naval ensign
Proportion 3:4
Adopted 1 July 1971
Design A white flag with the national flag of Papua New Guinea in the canton

The flag of Papua New Guinea was adopted on July 1, 1971. In the hoist, it depicts the Southern Cross; in the fly, a raggiana bird of paradise is silhouetted. The designer of the flag was 15-year-old schoolgirl Susan Huhume, who won a nationwide competition for a new flag design in 1971.

Red and black have long been traditional colors of many Papua New Guinean tribes. Black-white-red was the color of the German Empire's flag, which had colonised New Guinea prior to 1918. The bird of paradise is also found on the national coat-of-arms.

Prior to 1970, Papua New Guinea was known as the Australian Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea, and its flag for sporting events was the bird of paradise on a green background. In 1970 the Australian Administration tried to introduce another flag, a vertical triband: blue at the hoist with the stars of the Southern Cross (Crux Australis) as in the Australian flag, then yellow, then green with the white bird of paradise in the fly.

Historical flags of Papua New Guinea[edit]

Flag of German New Guinea, 1899-1914
Flag of German New Guinea, 1899-1914
Flag of the German Empire in New Guinea, 1899-1914
Flag of the German Empire in New Guinea, 1899-1914
Flag of the Australian/British Territory of Papua, 1906-1949
Flag of the Australian/British Territory of Papua, 1906-1949
Flag of the Australian/British Territory of New Guinea, 1914-1949, and of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1949-1965
Flag of the Australian/British Territory of New Guinea, 1914-1949, and of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1949-1965
Flag of the Australian(/British) Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1965-1970
Flag of the Australian(/British) Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1965-1970
Flag of the Australian(/British) Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1970-1971
Flag of the Australian(/British) Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1970-1971