A History of Seychelles flags
Flying for over 100 years

Pre-colonial era

Nautical historians believe the Pheonicians and Greeks were the first civilizations to visit the Seychelles. However, the first recorded proof was a map transcribed by the Arabs in 1505.

The era of piracy upon popular trading routes of both the French and British grew into a frenzy between 1794 and 1811. These deputised pirates, or privateers, reeked chaos along the Euro-India trade routes. The privateers, or corsairs, were hired by a government to torment the shipping lanes of rival governments. Thus, a wide variety of flags, pending where you were from or who you worked for, surfaced throughout the region.

Colonial era

It is widely documented that Seychelles was named after the French finance minister Jean Moreau de Sechelles in 1756.

During the time of French rule, as of 1756, possibly either the French flag, or perhaps a French colonial flag was in use, as was the case in other French colonies at the time.

 

In 1814 the British controlled Mauritius, by default due to the Seychelles dependency on Mauritius, it also fell under British control, at this time, the Union Jack became the official flag of Seychelles.

In 1903 Seychelles separated from Mauritius and become a republic within the commonwealth administrated by the British Colonial Governor. From here on, three slightly different colonial flags has been in use, two of which had the writing "Finis Coronat Opus" in its emblems, meaning "The End Crowns the Work", which still today is a national motto.

Seychelles independence

 

In 1976 Seychelles become independent from the British Commonwealth, a coalition government was formed by the two leading parties with James Mancham of SDP (Seychelles Democratic Party) as president, and Albert René of SPUP (Seychelles People's United Party) as prime minister. The flag pictured on the right which was introduced at the time, lasted only until 1977.

Meaning of the colours: 1) The two main political parties. The former Democratic Party, blue and white, and the Seychelles People's United Party, red and white. 2) The British and the French who once ruled the islands.

 

Following a coup in 1977, Seychelles became a one-party state headed by Albert René as president. The design of the national flag was based on the SPUP party symbol.

SPUP symbol
The party subsequently renamed itself to SPPF (Seychelles People's Progressive Front) as it is known today. The flag including the sun was retained as party symbol and removed from the national flag, indicating that the sun of freedom shines over the country.

Description of the flag: The red stands for progress and revolution, green for earth and agriculture, white wavy bar for the waves which bathe the island's beaches and the resources which are abtained from the Indian Ocean.


 

The current flag was introduced on 18th June 1996 at the time of the re-introduction of the multiparty system. This day is now a national holiday celebrating independence.

A national anthem was introduced at the same time, entitled "Koste Seselwa", which is creole for "come together all Seychellois".

Seychelles is now governed by a democratically elected party. For 27 years, under the loyal service of President Albert René and vice president James A. Michel, the SPPF party has paved the way for this country's future.

In April 2004 James Michel resumed control as the new president of the Seychelles. A dedicated Mr René continues today to energise the SPPF which he formed in 1964.

The flag represents a dynamic young country moving into the future.

The colour blue depicts the sky and the sea that surrounds the Seychelles. Yellow is for the sun which gives light and life, red symbolises the people and their determination to work for the future in unity and love, whilst the white band represents social justice and harmony. The green depicts the land and natural environment.

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