Djibouti has a lot of societal references in their symbols and   theyre proud of who they are.

Djibouti Facts

Formal Name: Republic of Djibouti
Local Name: Djibouti
Local Formal Name: Jumhouriyya Djibouti
Status:UN Country
Capital City:Djibouti
Main Cities:Tadjourah
Area:23,200 km2
Currency:1 Djibouti franc = 100 centimes
Languages:French, Arabic

Djibouti National Flag

The flag is made of 3 sections.
2 bands: the upper one being light blue and the lower one being light green.
On the left hoist side, you can find a white isosceles triangle with a red 5-pointed star in the center of it.
The light blue section represents the Issa people.
The green represents the Afar people.
And the white triangle represents peace, and the red star represents the Somalia-inhabitated territories of Greater Somalia.
For those of you who didnt know, Greater Somalia is generally located in this whole area.
That pretty much encapsulates the entire horn of Eastern Africa, with an inland domain that stretches into modern day Kenya, Ethiopia, and even Djibouti.
For the longest time, Djibouti was actually considered like an extension of Somalia.
Especially since the majority of the residents, the Issa people, are actually kind of like a sub-clan of the Somali people.
And they have a similar language.
This is why when they were under the French, the area was called French Somaliland.
Later on it did kind of change to French Afar and French Issa, but thats a whole different story.
Adopted in 1977, this flag was actually inspired off of the flag for the LPAI.
OR the "Ligue populaire africaine pour lindependance."
The political party that led them to independence.
The only difference was that the flag had a red triangle with a white star in the middle.

Description of the flag

The proportions are approximately 21:38.
Colours are interpreted as: white - peace, blue - sea and sky, green - earth.
The red star stands for unity.
This flag has been used since 1972 by African National Liberation Union and then the colours were interpreted differently. Green was for Afar Muslims, and blue for Issas (also Muslims) joined with Somalia. The flag has been officially hoisted on 27 June 1977.

The Constitution of Djibouti was drafted on the French model, so the description of the flag is as ambiguous as the description of the French flag in the French Constitution.
The construction details are given as (2+2):(3~+3~).
The star is inscribed in a circle, 1/5 in diameter.

The colours are:
blue Pantone 292c
green Pantone 361c
red Pantone 179c

The triangle in this flag is isosceles, but definitely not equilateral.

Introduction of the Flag

The national flag of Djibouti was designed by Mr. Mahamoud Harbi, an independentist leader. The national emblem was designed by Mr. Hassan Robleh, an artist.

Flag and emblem adopted:  1977-06-27


Djibouti doesnt really have a coat of arms, but rather a national emblem.

The emblem contains a border of 2 laurel branches and within the perimeter is a spear with a shield.
And underneath are 2 hands carrying traditional Djibouti daggers.
Theyre used a lot in ceremional practices and even weddings.

Each hand on the emblem represents one of the 2 people groups - the Afar or the Issa.

On top is the red star that stands for unity between the 2 peoples.
Djibouti also has a seal, which seems to have the same use as the seal of the French Republic, i.e. sealing the official acts. The seal is of the same design as the coat of arms, and its official meaning is explained in the law prescribing it.

Law #91/AN/00/4th defining the seal of the Republic:
The National Assembly has adopted
The President of the Republic promulgates
The law whose content follows:
In view of the 15 September 1992 Constitution;
In view of the 12 May 1999 Decree # 99-0059/PRE appointing the members of the Government and stating their remits;
Article 1: The seal of the Republic of Djibouti shall be represented by a laurel crown surrounding a shield and a lance surmounted by a five-pointed star. The shield and the lance shall be flanked by two hands each holding a traditional Djibouti dagger.
Article 2: The laurel crown shall represent peace granted to the Djibouti people after the victory obtained during the attainment of independence on 27 June 1977. The shield, the lance and the star shall symbolize defence of the national sovereignty and of the territorial integrity. The two traditional daggers held by two hands shall symbolize the culture and traditions of the people as the foundations of the National Solidarity.
Article 3: The seal shall be strictly reserved for the use by the President of the Republic, the National Assembly and the Constitutional Council. The President of the Republic can commission for its use the Minister of Foreign Affairs and accredited Ambassadors.
Article 4: The present law shall be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Djibouti as soon as promulgated and shall be enforced as a State law.
Made in Djibouti, on 10 July 2000.
By the President of the Republic, head of the Government
Ismail Omar Guelleh