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Sint Maarten - Saint Martin Unity Flag

Last modified: 2021-02-20 by rob raeside
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image located by Jason Saber, 2 January 2021

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Description of the flag

‘SXM Unity Flag
The 'Unity Flag' is considered by many to be the national flag of St. Martin Island (St. Maarten/Saint Martin), a 87-square-kilometre (34 sq mi) Caribbean island, divided roughly into two halves between the French Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the two parts are roughly equal in population too. The division dates to 1648. The flag was created in 1990 to represent both sides of the island, and all St. Martiners as one nation. The design of the flag, and the symbols used, depict the island itself and its history. It stands for freedom, unity and local pride.’

Posted by Shabi Fiurnei, St. Martin, Caribbean, on FOTW Facebook page
26 December at 15:15 ·Philipsburg. Sint Maarten

NB Although it is not always obvious in the images, the two blue central horizontal stripes seem to be of different hues, the upper, lighter, the lower, darker. This is more evident in some of the pictures.

image located by Jason Saber, 2 January 2021

The significance of elements of the flag is explained on a plaque on the island [click on image for larger version]:

image located by Jason Saber, 2 January 2021