Cocos (Keeling) Islands
UseCivil and state flag Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flagSmall vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flagReverse side is mirror image of obverse side
Proportion1:2
Adopted6 April 2004; 20 years ago (2004-04-06)
DesignA green field with a palm tree on a gold disc in the canton, a gold crescent in the centre of the flag and a gold southern cross in the fly.
Designed byMohammed Minkom[1]

The flag of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands was created in 2003 and adopted on 6 April 2004.[2] It was designed by territory resident Mohammed Minkom, who won a design contest as a teenager.[1]

Design

The flag consists of a green field with a palm tree on a gold disc in the canton, a gold crescent moon in the centre of the flag and a gold southern cross in the fly. The palm tree represents the islands' tropical flora; the colours are Australia's national colours; the crescent represents Islam,[3] the religion of the Cocos Malays who make up a majority of the islands' population; and the Southern Cross is a symbol of Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "When there was trouble in paradise". ABC News. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  2. ^ Cahoon, Ben (2017). "Cocos (Keeling) Islands". WorldStatesmen. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ "The Flag of The Cocos (Keeling) Islands". flagdb.com. Retrieved 22 May 2024.
  4. ^ "Cocos (Keeling) Islands". FlagSpot. 2015. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.