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by Zeljko Heimer, 31 Dec 2002 - click here for an animated image
Flag adopted 25 October 2001
From the Rwandan Embassy in Paris:
NEW FLAG OF THE RWANDAN REPUBLIC
The new flag of the Rwandan republic is composed of three colors: green, yellow and blue.
The green color: It symbolizes the hope of prosperity thanks to rational exploitation of the force of Rwandan people and the resources of the country.
The yellow color: It symbolizes the economic development. The Rwandan people must settle to work so as to reach durable economic development.
The blue color: It symbolizes happiness and peace. The Rwandan people must fight for peace which will bring them to durable economic development and happiness.
The sun and its rays of golden color: It symbolizes the light which enlightens gradually all the people. This translates the unity, transparency and fight against ignorance.
The new flag was designed by Alphonse Kirimobenecyo, a Rwandan artist and engineer.
Armand du Payrat, 3 Jan 2002
The new flag and anthem of the Rwandan Republic has indeed been launched
today (on 31 December 2001). So far, I've found a single image of the flag
in the webpage of President Paul Kagame - the image is not too good to
distinguish some details. See this
webpage (and "click here for more news" in the upper left corner of
The flag corresponds roughly to the previous reports - blue-green and rising sun. However, the blue and green fields are separated by a yellow stripe and the sun is not rising. The flag has three horizontal stripes, blue, yellow and green (2:1:1). In the upper fly (!) there is a yellow sun with ca. 24 rays.
The image of the flag seems to have 1:2 ratio but the sun is a little bit horizontally elliptical - so I guess the image is somewhat distorted, elongated horizontally, so that the sun should in fact be circular and the flag ratio ~2:3.
Jan Zrzavy, 31 Dec 2001
Using the image available there,
I've made a GIF of the possible new flag of Rwanda.
Pascal Gross, 31 Dec 2001
A nice image ... but I'd like to emphasize that my inference of flag
ratio and shape of the sun may be wrong.
Jan Zrzavy, 31 Dec 2001
The flag is shown with the sun in the hoist, but the flag is flying,
and it appears to be an image of the reverse (wrapped around the pole).
Green symbolizes hope for prosperity, yellow stands for work, and blue
for peace and happiness, with the sun symbolizing "unity, transparency,
and the fight against intolerance." Red was eliminated for its association
with blood and killing.
Nathan G. Lamm, 1 Jan 2001
If you look at this
webpage you can see a good photo of President Kagame holding the new
flag of Rwanda, in a fringed form, rather long (1:2???), and with interesting
1. The blue color is quite light.
2. The yellow color of the sun seems to differ from that of the stripe.
The sun is possibly a little bit more orange or golden.
Jan Zrzavy, 2 Jan 2001
It seems to me that most sources are converging to a single variant
of the new flag of Rwanda, to that visible in President Kagame's hands
in photo. I've reported earlier: light blue-yellow-green (2:1:1) with a
yellow-orange sun, with flag ratio ~1:2 (6:13?).
Jan Zrzavy, 6 Jan 2002
Of course the size and colours are maybe not the right ones, but I had
very few time to wait for the correct version of the flag before creating
the animation and updating my website for the 1st of January. As soon as
the colours and size will be definitively confirmed, I'll change the images
on my website.
Pascal Gross, 6 Jan 2002
The official government
website of Rwanda has a page leading to (big) images of the new symbols.
Mark Sensen, 29 Jan 2002
The proportions on the site Mark mentions are 216 x 329, nearly 2:3
- can we assume that 2:3 is official?
Jarig Bakker, 30 Jan 2002
No, I don't think so; the new flag of Rwanda flying on the Ambassy in
Paris has 195 x 90 cm (ratio 13:6)
And the sun on http://www.rwanda1.com/government/national.htm would be gold and not yellow.
To be continued ...
Arnaud Leroy, 30 Jan 2002
Rwanda flag is proportioned 2:3.
Sun yellow 130 c
(two yellow shades!!!!)
Source: SAVA newsletter, quoting the offcial flaglaws of Rwanda.
Jaume Ollé, 18 Jun 2002
In the new DK book of flags (ed. 2002) the new flag of Rwanda is presented
as this one, based on data presented by the Flag Institute
in Cheste, UK. So I checked the web, and on the official
webpage of the Rwandan government, providing access to the new national
Jarig Bakker, 9 Feb 2003
This may well have been mentioned before, but the topmost point of the
sun is shown on the FOTW page (and in practically every other source) as
being offset from the vertical, whereas, both the official construction
diagram, and Government webpage just
given on the list, show it with the topmost point vertical.
Christopher Southworth, 9 Feb 2003
According to the magazine "flagmaster" the new flag of Rwanda has a
ratio of 2:3. It also published the measurements of the sun. I made a "gif"
of the flag and also one with the standard measurements that are given
in the magazine.
Mello Lugtenberg, 3 May 2002
My little contribution for the flag of Rwanda, the ratio is 6:13.
Source: Ambassy of Rwanda in Paris.
Arnaud Leroy, 4 Jan 2002
Here is my rendition of the new Rwanda flag. It is based on a photo
sent to the list today. I tried to match the colors as true as possible.
To my surprise, GIF let me choose this colors with small file size and
which are almost, if not, identical to the one depicted at the picture.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 2 Jan 2002