Flag of Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 2:3
Adopted 3 December 1959
Design A vertical tricolour of orange, white, and green.

The flag of Ivory Coast (French: Drapeau de la Côte d'Ivoire) features three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green.

After independence, the Ivory Coast formed a loose alliance of West African states. The flags of these states were influenced both by the Pan-African colours first used by Ghana, and also by the model of the French Tricolour, the flag of the former colonial power. The colours chosen for the Ivory Coast's flag were also used by Niger, with which the Ivory Coast had an alliance. They were intended to symbolise the following: the orange colour stands for the land, the savannah found in the northern part and its fertility, the white represents peace, and the green represents hope and also the forest of the southern part of the country.[1] The flag was adopted in 1959, just prior to independence.

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The flag is similar to the flag of Ireland, but the latter is longer and has the colors reversed: the green is at the hoist side. It has also similar colors to those of India, Italy, and Niger.

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