Flag of Kiribati (GIF)

The flag of Kiribati (Gilbertese: buraki ni Kiribati) is a vibrant representation of the nation's geography, culture, and historical significance. The red upper half is adorned with a striking gold frigatebird soaring over a radiant golden rising sun, while the lower half features a calming blue background embellished with three horizontal wavy white stripes. These white stripes are a symbolic representation of the ocean and the three archipelagos, namely the Gilbert, Phoenix, and Line Islands. The 17 rays of the sun hold dual significance, representing both the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba, formerly known as Ocean Island. The gold frigatebird embodies the nation's authority over the sea, emphasizing freedom and the embodiment of Kiribati's traditional dance patterns. Furthermore, the blue and white wavy bands serve as a powerful homage to the Pacific Ocean, encapsulating Kiribati's intimate relationship with the surrounding waters, while the sun highlights Kiribati's strategic location straddling the Equator. This flag stands as a striking symbol of Kiribati's deep connection with its natural surroundings, its rich cultural heritage, and its significant geographical position.

Adopted:July 12, 1979
Designed by:Arthur Grimble
Flag image:Animated GIF (25 frames looped)
Flag emoji code:🇰🇮

The Kiribati coat of arms, encapsulating the essence of the nation, reflects the key elements of the flag within a shield. Resonating with the flag's symbolism, it features the golden frigatebird, a representation of Kiribati's authority over the sea and its cultural dance patterns, set against the backdrop of the radiant golden sun. The lower section is adorned with three wavy white stripes, symbolizing the significance of the Pacific Ocean and the country's three archipelagoes. This emblem is further augmented by the Gilbertese motto "Te Mauri te Raoi ao te Tabomoa" (Health, Peace, and Prosperity), gracefully inscribed on a ribbon beneath the shield, emphasizing Kiribati's aspirations for the well-being and harmonious existence of its people.

The Kiribati flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the globe.
Kiribati, officially known as the Republic of Kiribati, is a sovereign state in Micronesia in the Central Pacific Ocean and consists of 32 atolls and reef islands and an elevated coral island. Its capital is Tarawa, and its population is about 121,388 (2021). According to its maritime borders, it borders with the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Tuvalu.

The waving flag of Kiribati with its coat of arms (unofficial)
Capital and largest city:Tarawa
Other major city:Betio Village
Official languages:English, Gilbertese
Ethnic groups:98.8% Gilbertese,
1.2% Others
Religions:90% Christian,
10% other religions
Nationality name:Kiribatian
Area:811 km²
(313 sq mi)
Population:121,388 (2021)
Country codes:KI, KIR (ISO 3166)
Internet Top-Level Domain:.ki
Calling code:+686

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