The flag of Botswana features a light blue background with a bold black horizontal stripe at its center, flanked by two slender white stripes, one above and one below.

This striking design holds significant symbolism: the blue represents water, a precious resource in Botswana’s arid landscape, while the black and white stripes signify racial harmony among the nation’s diverse population.

Botswana adopted its current flag in 1966 upon gaining independence from Britain. The winning design, crafted by student Michael Scott, emerged victorious from a national competition aimed at creating a symbol reflective of Botswana’s values and aspirations for unity and progress.