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Our Malawi flags are made in the traditional 2:1 ratio used for National flags in the UK so this flag will match others of the same size if you are flying several flags together. We use a MOD grade Knitted Polyester which has been tested for its durability and suitability for production of flags.


The current flag was reinstated after mass objection of the 2010 flag.

Technical Specifications

Adopted 2012
Proportion 2:3
A black-red-green horizontal tricolour with red rising sun and rays in the black stripe.
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Brief History

The first flag flown in the area was the flag of the British Central Africa Protectorate when Malawi was under administration of the British Empire in 1893. The flag was a British blue ensign with emblem in the centre right.

The name was changed to the Nyasaland Protectorate in 1907 and the emblem was changed on the flag to a cheetah on a rock with a rising sun.

The Flag of the British Central Africa Protectorate (1893 – 1907)

The Flag of the Nyasaland Protectorate (1907 – 1964)

In 1953 Nyasaland joined with Rhodesia to become the self-governing British colony called The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The British blue ensign remained but the Coat of Arms changed; the cheetah was replaced with a red lion and the rock became a portion with black and white wavy lines.

Nyasaland gained independence in 1964 and a new flag and name was adopted. The flag of Malawi was a black-red-green horizontal tricolour with a red rising sun in the black band.

The Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953 – 1963)

The Flag of Malawi (1964 – 2010)

In 2010 the flag was modified, the colours were moved to red-black-green with a white sun in the black band. After a mass objection to the new flag the first flag of Malawi was reinstated in 2012.

The Flag of Malawi (2010 – 2012)

The Flag of Malawi (2012 to Present Day)

The Coat of Arms of Malawi

The Coat of Arms of Malawi features a crest split into three portions. The top features wavy blue and white lines, the middle is the flag of the president and the bottom portion features a black field with a golden rising sun.

The shield is supported by a lion and a leopard that are standing on rock under which is a scroll stating “UNITY AND FREEDOM”.

Above the shield is a helmet, eagle and rising sun.

The Flag of the President of Malawi

The flag of the President of Malawi features a plain red field with a golden lion and “MALAWI” written on a golden banner.

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