Flag of Algeria

Algerian Flag



Flag of Algeria - Description of the Algerian Flag
  • As the above picture of the Algerian Flag indicates the background is bi-color - Green and Red
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Algerian flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance
    • The color green on the Algerian flag is a traditional symbol of the state religion of Islam
  • The national flag of Algeria is half white and half green (hoist side), in the center is a red crescent and star centered over the two-color boundary

  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Algerian flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )
  • The left half of the flag ( viewer's left side ) is called the Hoist and pictures the green half
  • The right half of the flag is called the Fly and pictures the white color
  • The emblem on the Algerian flag pictures a red crescent and star centered over the two-color boundary
  • The Meaning & History of the Algerian Flag - The Algerian crescent has become an Islamic symbol

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a modern flag
Algerian Flag Etiquette
  • Algerian Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Algerian as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Algerian
    • State Flag of Algerian
    • Military Flag of Algerian (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Algerian
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Algerian Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Algerian should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Algerian flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Algerian should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • A Flag of Algerian, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Terminology & Etiquette in Algerian Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Algerian flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Algerian flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Algerian flag to the top, then lowering the Algerian Flag halfway
  • Manner of hoisting - The Algerian flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Algerian flag
  • The Algerian flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Algerian flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Algerian flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Algerian Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Algerian Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.



Location: Northern Africa, bordering
the Mediterranean Sea, between
Morocco and Tunis

National Flags of the World Map

  • Land Size of Algeria : 2,381,740 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Algeria : arid to semiarid; mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer
  • Population of Algeria : 32,200,000
  • Former Name(s) : N/A
  • Capital City of Algeria : Algiers
  • GDP of Algeria : $195 billion
  • Main Industries :  petroleum, natural gas, light industries, mining, electrical, petrochemical, food processing
  • Currency of Algeria : Algerian dinar (DZD)
  • Agricultural products : wheat, barley, oats, grapes, olives, citrus, fruits; sheep, cattle
  • Main Colors of Algerian Flag : White and Green
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Aljerian
Concise History of Algeria & its Flag
  • The earliest human ancestry (Homo erectus and Homo habilis) lived in East Africa more than 2 million years ago
  • 700AD - Arabian and Persians trade with ivory, rhino horn, gold, shells and slaves
  • Arab traders settle and bring a Muslim influence to the culture
  • 1830 - The French occupation of Algeria  begins
  • 1954 - 1962 - The Algerian War of Independence
The Algerian Flag and Nation

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