Flag of the Solomon Islands
Flag of Solomon Islands
|Adopted||18 November 1977|
|Design||Per bend sinister azure and vert, a riband sinister or, in dexter chief five stars in saltire argent.|
The design was the result of a competition in the lead up to independence. This flag was not the initial competition winner but was another submission by a New Zealand expatriate then the visual arts master at the King George VI school. According to the designer:
- "The upper left triangle was blue (sea/sky), the lower triangle was green (fertile land), the yellow (sun/sandy beaches). A cluster of stars in the top left corner signified the provinces, not the Southern Cross."
The civil ensign (for merchant ships) and state ensign (for non-military government vessels) are red and blue flags, respectively, with the national flag in the canton. The naval ensign (for police vessels) is based on the British white ensign, a red cross on a white field, also with the national flag in the canton.
Flag of the British Solomon Islands