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Burkina Faso Flag

Burkina Faso Flag

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Our Burkina Faso flags are produced in the traditional 2:1 ratio used for National flags in the UK so this flag will match others of the same size if you are flying several flags together. We use a MOD grade Knitted Polyester which has been tested for its durability and suitability for production of flags.

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Our flags are manufactured to the highest standards. We offer flags in a choice of two materials, Hand Made National Flags, and Digitally Printed National Flags


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History of the Burkina Faso Flag

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The red of the flag is said to symbolise revolution and the green represents the natural riches of the country. The yellow star represents the guiding light of the revolution.
Technical Specifications
Adopted 4th August 1984
Proportion 2:3
Design A red and green horizontal bicolour with a yellow five-pointed star in the centre.
PMS Red: 032C Yellow: 116C Green: 355C
CMYK Red: Cyan 0% Magenta 90% Yellow 90% Black 0%
  Yellow: Cyan 0% Magenta 10% Yellow 95% Black 0%
  Green: Cyan 100% Magenta 0% Yellow 90% Black 5%
Brief History

Originally Burkina Faso was called Upper Volta and the first flag flown officially on the land was the blue-white-red vertical French tricolour as the area was a French Colony that was part of French West Africa between 1919 and 1932. The colony was reinstated in 1947 when Upper Volta became part of the French Union.

In 1959 the Republic of Upper Volta became a self-governing colony within the French community. The flag was changed to a black-white-red horizontal tricolour, which is exactly the same as the abolished flag of the German Empire.

A military coup d’état in 1983 brought Thomas Sankara to power and the country was renamed Burkina Faso, the countries name means “land of the honourable men” in Morée. The flag changed a red and green horizontal bicolour with a yellow five-pointed star in the centre.

The flag symbolises the break from the French colonial past with the use of popular Pan-African colours, with the green representing agriculture and the red reflecting revolution.

The Emblem of Burkina Faso

The modern Emblem of Burkina Faso was adopted in 1997.

It features a white shield inside of which is a shield made of the national flag supported by two white horses at the side. Above the shield is the name of the country and below is the national motto “ UNITE, PROGRESS, JUSTICE”

The Historical Emblems of Burkina Faso

During the time as a French colony the Emblem was the Coat of Arms of the French Republic

When the country became the Republic of Upper Volta the emblem was changed to a blue shield, inside of which is another shield with the letters RHV in front of black-white-red tricolour. At either side of the shield are horses with two axes on the floor and a banner above stating “UNITE, TRAVAIL, JUSTICE.”

Between 1984 and 1991 the emblem of Burkina Faso was a red cogwheel with yellow centre, inside of which was a five-pointed red star, crossed AK-47, mattock and a book. The motto “FATHERLAND OR DEATH, WE SHALL OVERCOME” featured underneath.

The Flag of the President of Burkina Faso

The current Coat of Arms was brought in the same time as the Presidential Standard.

It features a crowned shield that contains the National flag surrounded by two branches, one olive and one palm. The crown is made up of eight turrets and a sally port.  Underneath is a white ribbon with the word REPUBBLIKA TA’ MALTA.

The Roundel of the Air Force of Burkina Faso

The Roundel of the Air Force of Burkina Faso is a circular version of the National flag.

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