Flag of Mauritius (according to wikipedia/wikipedia/1/1)


The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands and ** (French for "the four bands"), was adopted upon independence, March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal bands of equal width, coloured (from top to bottom) red, blue, yellow, and green. The flag was recorded at the College of Arms in London on 9 January 1968.

The flag was designed by Gurudutt Moher whose contribution was recognised posthumously in March 2018 in the form of the national title Member of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (MSK). Moher, who was a retired school teacher, died of a heart attack on October 7, 2017, at the age of 93.

The civil ensign (for private vessels) and government ensign (for state vessels) are red and blue flags, respectively, each with the national flag in the canton and the coat of arms of Mauritius in the fly.

The naval ensign (used by coast guard vessels) is an unusual design consisting of red, white, and blue vertical stripes of unequal widths defaced by a central anchor/key emblem.


The flag of Mauritius consists of red, blue, yellow and green bands which officially stand for:

  • Red represents the struggle for freedom and independence.
  • Blue represents the Indian Ocean, in which Mauritius is situated.
  • Yellow represents the light of freedom shining over the island.
  • Green represents the agriculture of Mauritius and its colour throughout the 12 months of the year.

In an attempt to unite the nation, especially following the deadly and divisive riots of 1965 and those of 1968, the colours also have political origins. Indeed, the colours also represent the main political parties which existed at the time, namely:

  • Red: Parti Travailliste, a social-democrat party
  • Blue: PMSD, conservative
  • Yellow: IFB, socialist, Indo-Mauritian
  • Green: CAM, Islamist

The official colour codes of the flag are in accordance with the Mauritius Standard Bureau.

Colour; Pantone Fashion home cotton

  • Red 18-1664TC or 185 C
  • Blue 19-3939TC or 295 C
  • Yellow 14-0957TC or 116 C
  • Green 17-6030TC or 356 C
(1968–present) Red Blue Yellow Green
Pantone 1788c 2756c 115c 2257c
CMYK 0-85-77-8 83-76-0-57 0-16-100-0 100-0-52-35
RGB 235-36-54 19-26-109 255-214-0 0-166-80
Hexadecimal #EB2436 #131A6D #FFD600 #00A650


The official sizes of the flag are in accordance with the Mauritius Standard Bureau; standard MS.1-1:2011. The flag size is in the ratio of 2:3.

Type of Flag Width×Height (mm) Height of each colour Band (mm)
Mast Flag 1800×1200 300
Desk Flag/hand held flag 150×100 25
Car Flag 300×200 50

Historical flags

  • Dutch Mauritius; Flag of the Dutch East India Company (1638–1710)

  • French Mauritius; Royal Standard of the King of France (1715–1792)

  • French Mauritius; Flag of France (1792–1810)

  • British Mauritius colonial flag (1810-1869)

  • British Mauritius colonial flag (1869-1906)

  • British Mauritius colonial flag (1906-1923)

  • British Mauritius colonial flag (1923-1968)