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The national flag of Cyprus was formally approved on August 16, 1960. On this day independence was granted to Cyprus under the Zurich and London Agreements.
The Cyprus flag was chosen as a result of a national flag design competition held across the country. Among the several entries, the design that was chosen for the national flag was the one drawn up by an art teacher, Ismet Guney. The competition was judged by the President of the Republic, Mgr. Makarios.
The Cypriot Flag features a white field with a map of the island in the center. The island is represented in a copper-orange color signifying the abundance of copper ore in the nation. Below the image of the country are two olive branches that symbolize the peace and harmony which the country has been trying to negotiate between the Greek and the Turkish communities for a long time. For this purpose, the Constitution of Cyprus forbade the use of a cross or crescent, and blue (Greek) and red (Turkish) colors in the flag.
The white background of the flag represents international peace and solidarity that the nation must strive to maintain.
|Official Name:||The Republic of Cyprus|
|Adopted on:||August 16, 1960|
|Designed by:||Ismet Guney|
|Location:||Located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea; Bordered by Greece, Israel, Turkey, Syria, and Egypt|
|Major Cities:||Larnaca, Kyrenia, Famagusta|
|Area:||3,572 square miles|
|Official Languages:||Greek, Turkish|
|National Anthem:||Hymn to Liberty|
|National symbol(s):||Cypriot mouflon (wild sheep), white dove|
|National colors:||blue, white|
|Name:||“Ymnos eis tin Eleftherian” (Hymn to Liberty)|
|Lyrics/Music:||Dionysios SOLOMOS/Nikolaos MANTZAROS|
Fact about Cyprus flag
|Adopted||August 16, 1960 (original design)
August 20, 2006 (modification)
|Design and Colors||An outline of the country of Cyprus above twin olive branches on a white field|