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Seychelles (1977-1996 flag)

Republik Sesel / Republic of Seychelles

Last modified: 2002-03-23 by rob raeside
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[Old flag of the Seychelles]
Zeljko Heimer, 6 February 1996

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Description of the flag

National Flag 1977-1996:
Use: National Flag and Ensign.
Proportions: 1:2 - Wavy bar: both Barraclough and Crampton 1981 and Smith 1985 show it as three (elongated) cosine periods. Álvarez 1986 shows it as three periods of a sine function, but I believe this source is not very reliable, at least for non-American flags (for instance, it says that "finis coronat opvs" translates into "the crown's end is to work"...) -
Origin: previously used by the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP, currently the People's Progressive Front) showing also a yellow rising sun. This was removed in the national flag to indicate that the sun of freedom shines over the country.
Meaning: red stands for progress and revolution, green for earth and agriculture, white wavy bar for the waves which bathe the islands' beaches and the resources which are obtained from the Indian Ocean.
Santiago Dotor, 13 April 2000

Three wave variant

[Old flag of the Seychelles] Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán 

Many sources report this flag with three waves.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 February 2002

Presidential standard 1977-1996

The complete achievement of the country's coat-of-arms, within a white disc in the centre (slightly offset to the bottom) of a national flag with a gold fringe on all four sides.
Proportions: 1:2
Diameter of the disc: half the width (i.e. hoist) of the national flag (i.e. not counting the fringe).
Width of the fringe 1/10th of the total width (i.e. hoist) of the flag (which makes the national flag within the fringe have proportions 4:9).
Sources: Barraclough and Crampton 1981 pp.153-154, Smith 1985 p.194, Crampton 1989 p.99, Álvarez 1986 p.131, Kindersley 1997 p.107 and Diccionario Enciclopédico Espasa (8th edition, Espasa-Calpe, Madrid 1978), vol. 11, p.378
Santiago Dotor, 13 April 2000

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