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The flag of Tanzania was adopted in 1964.


It derives from the flags of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Flag of Tanganyika (1961–1964).svg Flag of Zanzibar (January-April 1964).svg
Flag of Tanganyika Flag of Zanzibar


The flag is divided diagonally by a yellow-edged black band from the lower hoist-side corner. The upper triangle (hoist side) is green and the lower triangle is blue.

  • The green colour in the flag represents the natural vegetation present in the country.
  • The yellow colour represents rich mineral deposits of the country.
  • The Black colour represents the skin colour of Tanzanians
  • The blue colour represents the numerous lakes and rivers and the Indian Ocean.

The colours of the flag have been specified by the Planning and Privatisation department of the President’s Office of Tanzania.

Scheme Black Blue Green Gold
British Standard 2660 of 1955 9-103 0-012 0-010 0-002


Country Profile, at The Tanzania National Website (Tanzania Government). Accessed 16 February 2006.

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