Flag of Zanzibar

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Flag of Zanzibar
Flag of Zanzibar
Adopted9 January 2005
DesignHorizontal tricolour of blue, black, and green with the national flag of Tanzania in the canton.
Plain red flag of the Zanzibar Sultanate being flown on Latham Island, 1964.

The flag of Zanzibar was adopted on 9 January 2005.[1] It is a horizontal tricolour of blue, black, and green with the national flag of Tanzania in the canton.

Historical flags[edit]

Zanzibar was a part of the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, which flew a plain red flag, beginning in 1698. Majid bin Said declared an independent Sultanate of Zanzibar on 2 November 1856 but did not adopt a new flag.[2] The red flag remained in use during the British protectorate period.[1] When Zanzibar gained independence from the United Kingdom on 10 December 1963, a green disk with two yellow cloves was added to the flag.[3]

On 12 January 1964, John Okello overthrew the Sultan of Zanzibar and adopted a black-yellow-blue tricolour as the flag of the People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. On 29 January, the country's flag was changed to a blue-black-green tricolour with a thin white stripe at the hoist.[1] This design, which was based on the flag of the Afro-Shirazi Party, was the longest-lived of the post-independence flags and eventually formed the basis for the current flag. On 26 April 1964, Zanzibar united with Tanganyika to form the new country of Tanzania and Zanzibar's old flag fell out of use.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Zanzibar (Tanzania)". Flags of the World. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ Ben Cahoon (2000). "Tanzania". World Statesmen.org. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Sultanate of Zanzibar (1963-64)". Flags of the World. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Joy as Zanzibar flies new flag". BBC News. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2011.