Flag of Mayotte (GIF)

The flag of Mayotte (French: Drapeau de Mayotte) is a reflection of its unique identity within the French Republic. Centered on a white field, it prominently features the Mayotte coat of arms, with a red "MAYOTTE" inscription positioned above it. The tricolor scheme of blue, white, and red pays homage to the French flag, signifying Mayotte's integration as an overseas department. The emblem is rich in symbolism, with ylang-ylang flowers representing the island's primary agricultural resource and the crescent underscoring the influence of Islam on the local culture. Seahorses, cleverly alluding to the island's seahorse-like shape, add a distinctive touch. The Shimaore language slogan, "Ra Hachiri," meaning "We are Vigilant," encapsulates the spirit of the people, emphasizing collective awareness and resilience in the face of challenges. The Mayotte flag thus becomes a visual tapestry, intricately weaving together historical, cultural, and geographical elements that define this unique French overseas department. (officially the national flag of France is used instead of this flag)

Adopted (coat of arms):July 23, 1982
Designed by (coat of arms):Michel Chabin,
Pascale Santerre
Flag image:Animated GIF (25 frames looped)
Flag emoji code:🇾🇹

Mayotte, an archipelago, overseas department, and region of France located in the Indian Ocean, is situated between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique. Mamoudzou serves as its prefecture, functioning as the administrative and economic hub. The island's population, a blend of Comorian, Malagasy, and French influences, has witnessed steady growth, reaching a population of around 270,372 (2019) people. Mayotte's unique status as a French territory has shaped its cultural and administrative landscape, making it distinct within the Comoros archipelago. The local economy relies heavily on agriculture, fishing, and increasingly, tourism, drawn by the island's rich biodiversity and picturesque landscapes. Despite its challenges, Mayotte's integration into the French administrative structure has brought about improvements in infrastructure, healthcare, and education, contributing to its overall development within the framework of the French Republic.

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