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Republic of Zambia

Last modified: 2003-04-12 by jarig bakker
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[Zambia] by Samuel Lockton, 9 Oct 2002

Adopted 24 October 1964, modified 1996, coat of arms adopted 19 February 1965.

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Flag of Zambia

Whitney Smith merely says "The Zambian flag is exceptional in having its charges concentrated in its fly half." The red stands for the struggle for freedom, the black for the Zambian people, and the orange for natural resources and mineral wealth. The eagle is representative of the people's ability to rise above the nation's problems.
Dipesh Navsaria, 8 Mar 1996

According to François Burgos the flag of Zambia was changed in 1996. The dark green was substitued for a more clear green, and the eagle, that was little different of the one of the shield, was changed to the one of the shield. He posted me official images of the two eagles (but the difference is very slight).
Does anyone know the pantone colors pre-1996 and post-1996 ?
Jaume Ollé, 6 Sep 1998

Smith (1980) reported the current Zambian flag is based on the flag of UNIP (United National Independence Party) that led the struggle for independence. However, according to Flaggenmitteilung, the flag of UNIP was vertical green, white, red (4:1:1).
Zeljko Heimer, Jaume Ollé, 3 Aug 1997

Why is the orange bar in the 'canton' of the Zambian flag so dark?
'Pavillons nationaux et marques distinctives' uses the same orange shade for the eagle and the vertical bar, and for the field of the President's flag.
Ivan Sache, 9 Jan 2001

The Zambian national flag in Album 2000 is marked as CSW/CSW (national flag and ensign).
Zeljko Heimer, 20 Jan 2001

The same applied when Zambia was Northern Rhodesia.
David Prothero, 26 Jan 2001

I saw a flag on the border at the Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe) and I bought a Zambian flag in 1988 in Zimbabwe. The orange bar is as light as on the image by Sam Lockton.
J. Patrick Fischer, 11 Oct 2002

Zambian Flag Laws

The National Flag and Armorial Ensigns Regulations (as amended by Act No. 13 of 1994): Article 7 states that the National Flag "shall be flown only between the hours of sunrise and sunset".
Christopher Southworth, 4 Apr 2003

Coat of Arms

[Coat of Arms of Zambia] image from this webpage, located by Jarig Bakker, 26 Dec 2001

The arms consist of a shield with black and white wavy lines running vertically, a representation of Victoria Falls.
Dipesh Navsaria, 8 Mar 1996

DK Pocket Book "Flags of the World" (1997) [u-udk97]: "In the arms, the eagle which once appeared in the upper part of the shield, forms the crest, above a crossed pickaxe and hoe. White and black bars on the shield represent the famous Vicoria Falls. The supporters are an African man and woman and the motto on the base reads 'One Zambia, One Nation'"
Ivan Sache, 27 april 1999,

Presidential Flag

by Ivan Sarajcic

Concerning the national arms shown her, I have some comments to add after comparing Ivan's image with the one in 'Pavillons nationaux et marques distinctives':
- both supporters should wear sandals
- the supporter on the viewer's right should have a yellow armband on left arm
- there is a tiny zebra behind the right foot of the supporter on the viewer's right
- there are a tiny derrick and factory behind the left foot of the supporter on the veiwer's left
- the stalk of the corn plant should extand over the ribbon.
These details are so tiny that there are probably impossible to show in FOTW standard format.
Ivan Sache, 9 Jan 2001