Malta Flag Meaning & Details

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 Malta Flag
 Flag Information
  • two equal vertical bands of white (hoist side) and red

  • in the upper hoist-side corner is a representation of the George Cross, edged in red

  • according to legend, the colors are taken from the red and white checkered banner of Count Roger of Sicily who removed a bi-colored corner and granted it to Malta in 1091

  • an uncontested explanation is that the colors are those of the Knights of Saint John who ruled Malta from 1530 to 1798

  • in 1942, King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded the George Cross to the islanders for their exceptional bravery and gallantry in World War II

  • since independence in 1964, the George Cross bordered in red has appeared directly on the white field


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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook

 

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