Flag of Yemen

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Yemen
Flag of the Republic of Yemen
Use National flag and ensign FIAV 111111.svg
Proportion 2:3
Adopted May 22, 1990; 26 years ago (1990-05-22)
Design A horizontal tricolour of red, white and black
Presidential standard of the Republic of Yemen
Variant flag of Yemen
Name Presidential standard
Proportion 2:3
Army flag of the Republic of Yemen
Variant flag of Yemen
Name Army flag
Proportion 2:3
Naval ensign of the Republic of Yemen
Variant flag of Yemen
Name Naval ensign
Proportion 2:3
Air force flag of the Republic of Yemen
Variant flag of Yemen
Name Air force flag
Proportion 2:3

The Flag of Yemen (Arabic: علم اليمن‎‎) was adopted on May 22, 1990, the day that North Yemen and South Yemen were unified. The flag is essentially the Arab Liberation Flag of 1952, introduced after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 in which Arab nationalism was a dominant theme. The Arab Liberation Flag served as the inspiration for the flags of both North and South Yemen prior to unification, as well as for the current flags of Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria.

According to the official description, the red stands for the unity and the bloodshed of martyrs; the white for a bright future; black for the dark past. The flag's design is also similar to the design of the flag of the German Empire, albeit inverted.

Historical flags[edit]

Before Yemen was unified into the present-day Republic of Yemen in 1990, it was split into North and South Yemen.

North Yemen[edit]

The North used the flag on the right (the flag of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen) from 1927 to 1962, when it became the Yemen Arab Republic. The flag of the Yemen Arab Republic was the Arab Liberation Flag with a green star in the center of the white band.

Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1918-1923)
Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1918-1923)
Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1923-1927)
Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1923-1927)
Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1927–1962)
Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1927–1962)
Yemen Arab Republic(1962–1990)
Yemen Arab Republic
(1962–1990)

South Yemen[edit]

The flag of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in the South was the Arab Liberation Flag with a sky-blue chevron with a red star (the emblem of the Yemeni Socialist Party) next to the hoist.

Colony of Aden (1937–1963)
Colony of Aden (1937–1963)
Federation of South Arabia (1962–1967)
Federation of South Arabia (1962–1967)
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1967–1990)
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1967–1990)
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1967–1990), Presidential Standard
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1967–1990), Presidential Standard

Federation of South Arabia[edit]

State of Aden
State of Aden
Emirate of Beihan
Emirate of Beihan
Emirate of Dhala
Emirate of Dhala
Fadhli Sultanate
Fadhli Sultanate
Lower Yafa
Lower Yafa
Sultanate of Lahej
Sultanate of Lahej
Lower Aulaqi Sultanate-fictitious
Lower Aulaqi Sultanate-fictitious
Upper Yafa
Upper Yafa

Protectorate of South Arabia[edit]

Kathiri
Kathiri
Qu'aiti
Qu'aiti
Mahra
Mahra
Wahidi Balhaf
Wahidi Balhaf
Wahidi Haban
Wahidi Haban

See also[edit]

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