About the Ivory Coast / Cote d'Ivoire flag

The flag of Cote d'Ivoire features three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green.

After independence, the Cote d'Ivoire formed a loose alliance of West African states. The flags of these states were influenced both by the Pan-African colours first used by Ghana, and also by the model of the French Tricolour, the flag of the former colonial power. The colours chosen for the Cote d'Ivoire's flag were also used by Niger, with which the Cote d'Ivoire had an alliance. They were intended to symbolise the following: the orange colour stands for the land, the savannah found in the northern part and its fertility, the white represents peace, and the green represents hope and also the forest of the southern part of the country. The flag was adopted in 1959, just prior to independence.

The flag is similar to the flag of Ireland, but the latter is longer and has the colours reversed: the green is at the hoist side.

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