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[Swaziland][Variant] 2:3~
Flag adopted: 6 October 1968

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The flag is rectangular, and its colours are red, blue and yellow. Each of these colours has a meaning:
Red stands for the battles of the past
Blue stands for peace and stability
Yellow stands for the resources the has
The flag also has a picture of a shield and spear. These two symbols stand for protection of our country from enemies. The shield is black and white to show that black and white people live together peacefully in Swaziland.
Source: this website.

The flag was officially hoisted on 30 Oct 1967. It was based on the flag, granted by king Sobhuza II to the Emasotsha-regiment in 1941. The flag was, slightly different, hoisted on 25 Apr 1967, when the British Union flag was hauled down. The bloodred color is the symbol of past struggles; yellow points at prosperity by the richness in minerals; blue is the color of peace.
Source: Pedersen, "Moussault's Lexicon van vlaggen en wapens", 1980

Hoisted for the first time on 25 Apr 1967 on the occasion of the pledge of the oath by king Sobhuza II; after registration at the London Herald on 30 Oct 1967 in slightly different form adopted. It is based on the flag granted by the king to Swazi pioneer corps of the Second World War in 1941. The Swazi oxhide-shield belongs to the Emasotsha regiment.
Source: Rabbow, "DTV-lexikon politischer Symbole", 1970
Jarig Bakker, 2 Mar 2001

Coat of Arms

[Swaziland Coat of Arms] image from Ralf Hartemink's website.

The National Arms
The two supporters are the symbols of power for the King (lion) and the Queen-mother (elephant). The shield is a typical Nguni shield used in the country. The weapons on the shield are typical local weapons. The colour of the shield is derived from the King's own regiment. Siyinqaba means: We are the fortress/"We are a tower of strength"
Ralf Hartemink, 14 Jan 2002

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