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Gambia Flag

Shop for authentic Gambia Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Gambia flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Gambia flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Gambia National Anthem, historical information about the Gambia flag, and demographic data about Gambia

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History of the Gambia Flag

The Gambia Flag features three horizontal bands in the colors of red, blue, and green which are separated by two thin white lines. The Blue color represents the Gambia sea, the red color represents the sun due to how close Gambia is to the equator, and the green color represents Gambia's forests and agriculture. The white lines on the flag represent peace, love, and unity. The Gambian flag was adopted on February 18th, 1965 when it finally reached independence and was first raised on this day at midnight. The color scheme of the Gambian flag is the same as the color scheme on its coat of arms.

In 1661, the British arrived on the island and managed to conquer James Island. By the 1820s, Gambia had become a British protectorate and in 1888 it became part of the British colony. In 1964, it was agreed between the British and Gambian delegations that Gambia would receive full independence in 1965 but the head of state would still be Elizabeth II. Following their independence, the government decided that instead of the Queen, they would choose an elected Prime Minister and on April 24th, 1970 Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara was declared the Prime Minister and head of state.

Gambia is the smallest country in Africa. It is a long thin country that is only bordered by Senegal. The capital city of the country is Banjul and can be found on St. Mary's island. The largest cities in Gambia are "Serekunda" and "Brikama." The major river is the Gambia river, from which the country's name is derived. Gambia's economy is mainly based around farming, fishing, and tourism.

Tourism is increasing and improving in the country with a lot of tourists visiting the island for the famous sandy beaches. Another main tourist attraction in Gambia is the "Abuko Nature Reserve" which is the first wildlife reserve in Gambia which opened in 1968 and is home to Nile crocodiles, a wide variety of birds, four species of primate and reptiles along with many more animals and wildlife. The "Kachikally Crocodile Pool" is also very renowned and it is only one of three crocodile pools in the country and is home to approximately 80 crocodiles. The crocodile pools are used as sites for fertility rituals.

"Arch 22" is another popular sight that is often visited and is an arch on the road leading into Banjul that was built in 1996, paying tribute to the army Coup d'etat of July 1994. The arch is the tallest structure in Gambia and has three floors. One of the most famous sights to visit is the "Senegambian Stone Circles." These monuments are dated back between the 3rd and the 16th Century. In this area, one can see 29,000 stones, 17,000 monuments and 2,000 individual sites.

Geographic Coordinates
13 28 N, 16 34 W
Area
11,295 sq km
Population
1,824,158
Life Expectancy
54.07 years
Government Type
Republic
Capital
Banjul
GDP
$2.471 billion (2009 est.)
Currency
Dalasi (GMD)
Calling Code
+220
Internet TLD
.gm

Gambia National Anthem

For The Gambia Our Homeland

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Lyrics

For The Gambia, our homeland
We strive and work and pray,
That all may live in unity,
Freedom and peace each day.
Let justice guide our actions
Towards the common good,
And join our diverse peoples
To prove man's brotherhood.
We pledge our firm allegiance,
Our promise we renew;
Keep us, great God of nations,
To The Gambia ever true.