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Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The national flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a sky blue flag, adorned with a yellow star in the upper left canton and cut diagonally by a red stripe with a yellow fimbriation. It was adopted on 20 February 2006. A new constitution, ratified in December 2005 and which came into effect in February 2006, promoted a return to a flag similar to that flown between 1963 and 1971, with a change from a royal blue to sky blue background. Blue represents peace. Red stands for "the blood of the country's martyrs", yellow the country's wealth; and the star a radiant future for the country.

The colours approximation is listed below:

The previous flag was adopted in 2003. It is similar to the flag used between 1960 and 1963. The flag is based on the flag which was originally used by King Leopold's Association Internationale Africaine and was first used in 1877. The design was then implemented as the flag of the Congo Free State after the territory was recognized as an official possession of Leopold II at the Berlin Conference. After gaining independence from Belgium on 30 June 1960, the same basic design was maintained. However, six stars were incorporated to symbolise the six provinces of the country at the time. This design was used only from 1960 to 1963. This flag was reimplemented in 1997, when the Mobutu government was overthrown and the country assumed its current designation of Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the 2003 flag only being different by using a lighter shade of blue.

The flag of the second Republic of Mobutu Sese Seko became the official banner after Mobutu established his dictatorship. This flag was used from 1966–1971 and consisted of the same yellow star, now made smaller, situated in the top corner of the hoist side, with a red, yellow-lined band running diagonally across the center. The red symbolized the people's blood; the yellow symbolized prosperity; the blue symbolized hope; and the star represented unity. This flag was changed when the country was renamed Zaire in 1971. The Zaire flag was created as part of Mobutu's attempted re-Africanization of the nation and was used officially until Mobutu's overthrow in the First Congo War. The flag of Zaire was also used as the party flag of the Popular Movement of the Revolution.

* Emblem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Country - Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo ( République démocratique du Congo ), also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is the southernmost country located in Central Africa. It is sometimes referred to by its former name of Zaire, which was its official name between 1971 and 1997. The DRC borders the Central African Republic to the north; South Sudan to the northeast; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia to the south; Angola to the southwest; and the Republic of the Congo and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It is the second-largest country in Africa after Algeria (the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa) by area and the 11th-largest in the world. With a population of over million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth-most-populated country in Africa, and the 16th-most-populated country in the world.

Centred on the Congo Basin, the territory of the DRC was first inhabited by Central African foragers around 90,000 years ago and was reached by the Bantu expansion about 3,000 years ago. In the west, the Kingdom of Kongo ruled around the mouth of the Congo River from the 14th to 19th centuries. In the centre and east, the kingdoms of Luba and Lunda ruled from the 16th and 17th centuries to the 19th century. In the 1870s, just before the onset of the Scramble for Africa, European exploration of the Congo Basin was carried out, first led by Henry Morton Stanley under the sponsorship of King Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold formally acquired rights to the Congo territory at the Berlin Conference in 1885 and made the land his private property, naming it the Congo Free State. During the Free State, the colonial military unit, the Force Publique, forced the local population to produce rubber, and from 1885 to 1908, millions of Congolese died as a consequence of disease and exploitation. In 1908, Belgium, despite initial reluctance, formally annexed the Free State, which became the Belgian Congo.
Neighbourhood - Country  

  •  Angola 
  •  Burundi 
  •  Central African Republic 
  •  Republic of the Congo 
  •  Rwanda 
  •  South Sudan 
  •  Tanzania 
  •  Uganda 
  •  Zambia 


Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (English)  Bandiera della Repubblica Democratica del Congo (Italiano)  Vlag van Congo-Kinshasa (Nederlands)  Drapeau de la république démocratique du Congo (Français)  Flagge der Demokratischen Republik Kongo (Deutsch)  Bandeira da República Democrática do Congo (Português)  Флаг Демократической Республики Конго (Русский)  Bandera de la República Democrática del Congo (Español)  Flaga Demokratycznej Republiki Konga (Polski)  刚果民主共和国国旗 (中文)  Kongo-Kinshasas flagga (Svenska)  Drapelul Republicii Democrate Congo (Română)  コンゴ民主共和国の国旗 (日本語)  Прапор Демократичної Республіки Конго (Українська)  Национално знаме на Демократична република Конго (Български)  콩고 민주 공화국의 국기 (한국어)  Kongon demokraattisen tasavallan lippu (Suomi)  Bendera Republik Demokratik Kongo (Bahasa Indonesia)  Kongo Demokratinės Respublikos vėliava (Lietuvių)  Demokratiske Republik Congos flag (Dansk)  Vlajka Demokratické republiky Kongo (Česky)  Demokratik Kongo Cumhuriyeti bayrağı (Türkçe)  Застава Демократске Републике Конго (Српски / Srpski)  Kongo Demokraatliku Vabariigi lipp (Eesti)  Vlajka Konžskej demokratickej republiky (Slovenčina)  A Kongói Demokratikus Köztársaság zászlaja (Magyar)  Zastava Demokratske Republike Kongo (Hrvatski)  ธงชาติสาธารณรัฐประชาธิปไตยคองโก (ไทย)  Kongo Demokrātiskās Republikas karogs (Latviešu)  Σημαία της Λαϊκής Δημοκρατίας του Κονγκό (Ελληνικά)