Did you know that every color, animal or building on a flag generally has a meaning that actually tells you something about the country that flag represents?
Letís take a look at Cyprus.
The flag of Cyprus has a white base. There is a yellow (or golden color) map of the island of Cyprus with two green olive leaves under the island.
This was to try and promote peace between two communities of people who donít get along, the Turks and the Greeks. An effort was made to avoid using the colors of the Greeks and Turks, blue and red.
The flag was adopted on 15 August 1960 after Cyprus became independent from Britain. The president of Cyprus chose a flag that was rejected by a small margin in a public vote.
The gold color chosen for the flag was picked because it is easy to reproduce. The country produces a lot of Cyprian aes also called Cyprus bronze.
Citizens of Cyprus can fly the Turkish, Greek and Cypriot flag without any restriction. They can choose to fly one, two or all three if they like but they should be flown at the same height and treated with respect.
State institutions, public entities and corporations all fly the flags or Cyprus, Greece or Turkey.