The Saint Kitts and Nevis flag has a black stripe with two stars which cut the flag diagonally. The black field has two yellow stripes on both sides. The lower side of the stripe has a red triangle while the upper side has a green triangle. The flag was adopted when the country gained their independence 1983. The official name of this flag is the Saint Kitts and Nevis flag.

The green triangle is said to represent the fertile green land in the country, while the red color symbolizes the struggle they endured to gain their freedom. The black color symbolizes their African heritage while the yellow color represents the sunshine the country enjoys throughout the year. The official meaning of these colors was formulated by the designer of the flag. The two stars on the black-stripe represent the two islands Nevis and Saint Christopher while also standing for liberty and hope.

After independence, a national flag design competition was held during the early 1980s. There were over 258 entries and the design submitted by Edrice Lewis, who was a student, emerged as the winner. The flag was hoisted a minute after midnight on September 19, 1983, Independence Day.

Before independence, the country was under the West Indies Federations from 1958 to 1962. As such, they used the West Indies flag. This flag is blue with four horizontal white waves running from the top to the bottom plus an orange circle in the middle. In 1967 Anguilla, with St. Kitts and Nevis, became a nation with full autonomy with their own flag. From 1967 to 1983 the island was under the St Christopher-Nevis Anguilla, so they used another unique flag. Their flag had three vertical colors of blue, yellow and green plus a palm tree on the yellow stripe.

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