The following countries’ flags use combinations of red, yellow, and green. The combinations can be simple and unadorned, such as with Guinea’s tricolored bands, or more complex, like Grenada’s ornate design.
Keep in mind that we’ve included flags that contain small amounts of black or white, but have excluded flags that contain significant amounts of these colors – such as with Saint Kitts and Nevis and Sao Tome and Principe.
- Burkina Faso
Read on to learn more about each of these nations and the stories behind their unique flags.
Countries with Red, Yellow, and Green Flags
Starting off our list is the tropical West African nation of Benin. Sandwiched between Togo and Nigeria and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Benin gained independence from France in 1960.
Benin’s flag is a simple one, with a vertical band of green on the hoist side of the flag with horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red (bottom) on the flag’s fly side. Benin’s national anthem illustrates the meaning behind each of the colors: green signifies the hope of the new democracy, red for ancestral courage, and yellow represents the nation’s vast natural resources.
Bolivia is a landlocked country in south-central South America and is the fifth largest South American country. The Andean region of the country – which is about one-third – was part of the Incan Empire before Spanish colonization.
Bolivia’s flag consists of three horizontal bands of equal width – red at the top, yellow in the middle, and green at the bottom – with the country’s coat of arms in the flag’s center. The current flag has been used since 1851.
3. Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso’s flag was officially adopted in 1984. It consists of two horizontal stripes, each making up half of the flag – the top being red – symbolizing the revolution – and the bottom green, which represents the country’s rich agriculture and natural resources. A yellow, five-pointed star sits in the center of the flag.
Cameroon is a coastal nation located in west-central Africa. Its national flag was adopted in 1975 and consists of three vertical bands of green (left), red (center), and yellow (right).
A yellow, five-pointed star sits in the flag’s center. The red stripe and yellow star represent unity, while the yellow represents the African savannah with the green signifying the nation’s dense forests.
This country in West Africa is the second most populous nation in the African continent, despite having a relatively small landmass of approximately 92,000 square miles.
Ghana’s flag was adopted in 1957 and reinstated in 1966. It consists of three horizontal stripes of red (top), yellow (center), and green (bottom) with a black, five-pointed star in the flag’s center.
This island nation is in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea and is known as the island of spice due to its production of nutmeg and mace.
Grenada’s flag is an ornate one, consisting of two green triangles at the hoist and fly and two yellow triangles at the top and bottom.
The flag’s border is red and has six total yellow five-pointed stars – three along the top and three along the bottom. A red and yellow nutmeg sits against the hoist triangle, and a seventh yellow star against a red circle sits in the flag’s center.
Guinea is a coastal country in West Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly known as French Guinea, this country gained national independence in 1958 – though its history of violent coups prevented it from having its first democratic election until 2010.
Guinea’s flag consists of three vertical bands, with red on the flag’s hoist side, yellow in the middle, and green on the right.
This country in West Africa borders both Guinea and Senegal. The flag was adopted when Guinea-Bissau achieved independence from Portugal in 1973. The flag consists of a vertical red stripe on the hoist side with a black, five-pointed star in the stripe’s center. Two horizontal stripes of yellow (top) and green (bottom) make up the fly side.
Guyana is a coastal country in northern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the north. Its flag, known as the Golden Arrowhead, consists of a green field with a red triangle with a thin black border against the flag’s hoist side, superimposed against a yellow triangle with a thin white border.
The only country on our list located in Europe, Lithuania borders the Baltic Sea. The flag consists of three horizontal bands, with yellow at the top, green in the middle, and red at the bottom. The national flag was adopted in 1918 during Lithuania’s first period of independence.
This landlocked country in West Africa has a simple flag – tricolored with vertical bands of green on the hoist side, yellow in the center, and red on the fly side. The northern part of Mali is part of the Saharan Desert while the south is part of the Sudanian savanna.
This nation in northwestern Africa has a flag consisting of a green field bordered by red horizontal bands at the flag’s top and bottom. In the flag’s center is a yellow crescent pointing upwards with a star above it. The crescent and star are symbolic of Islam – Mauritania’s national religion.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Its flag – which was officially adopted in 2010 – consists of three horizontal bands: yellow (top), green (middle) and red (bottom). A white, five-pointed star sits in the central foreground.
This West African country borders Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and the Atlantic Ocean. Senegal’s flag – which was adopted in 1960 – consists of three vertical bands with green on the hoist side, yellow in the center, and red on the fly side. A green five-pointed star sits in the center of the flag.
This tropical, sub-Saharan nation in west-central Africa adopted its national flag in 1960. Togo’s flag consists of five horizontal stripes of alternating green and yellow, with a red square in the top half of the flag’s hoist side. A white, five-pointed star sits in the center of the red square.