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Papua New Guinea Flag

The formation of Papua New Guinea united the once-German territory of New Guinea with the Australian-administered Papua, the country gaining independence in 1975. The winner of a design competition, a young student called Susan Hareho Karike, in designing the flag, chose red and black to reflect the fact that these colours are widespread in traditional native art. This design was adopted in 1971.

The national flag has two triangles of red over black. The local kumul bird of paradise, a bird peculiar to the island of New Guinea and used as a motif since the 19th century, flies across the red half, symbolizing Papua New Guinea's emergence into nationhood. The five five-pointed stars of the Southern Cross constellation appear in the black, reflecting ties with Australia and other nations of the South Pacific.

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