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Tuvalu Flag Meaning and History

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Flag of Tuvalu Flag Description:
The flag of Tuvalu consists of a light blue base with a British Union Jack in the top left quarter. There are 10, yellow, five pointed stars arranged in a pattern on the right side of the flag.

Flag of Tuvalu Flag Meaning:
The British Union Jack represents the country's ties to Britain. The nine stars represent the nine islands of Tuvalu and reproduce their geographical appearance on a map, with the top of the flag being East and the left side being north.


Flag of Tuvalu Flag History:
Tuvalu gained independence from Britain on October 1, 1978 and adopted the current flag. It was replaced for a period in the 1990s but when the country went through a change of government on April 11, 1997, it reverted to the previous flag of 1978. In 1975 the Ellice Islands were renamed Tuvalu, meaning 'eight standing alone'. Only eight of the nine Tuvalu islands were populated at the time the name was chosen.

Interesting Flag of Tuvalu Flag Facts:
In 1995 the Tuvalu flag was replaced with a new one which wasn't based on the British Union Jack, but the new proposal wasn't liked by the citizens of Tuvalu and the old flag was re-instated in 1997, with some minor changes to it.

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