Flag of Liberia

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Republic of Liberia
Flag of Liberia.svg
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 10:19
Adopted April 26,1847
Design Eleven horizontal stripes alternating red and white; in the canton, a white star on a blue field

The Liberian flag bears a close resemblance to the flag of the United States, showing the ex-American and ex- Caribbean slaves 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]


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. The Liberian flag is the only flag in the world to be modeled after and resemble the American flag because it was the only country in the world that was colonized, established and controlled by freed African Americans and ex-slaves settlers from the United States and the Caribbean islands with the help and support from the American Colonization Society [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.

Similar flags[edit]