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Updated: Oct 1, 2022

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Country Name

The Gambia, or officially the Republic of The Gambia.


The Gambia is located in Western Africa. The Gambia is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, and Senegal to the north, east, and south.



The reason for naming the country

The name "Gambia" is derived from the Mandinka term Kambra/Kambaa, meaning Gambia River.


This Gambian flag was adopted on February 18, 1965, the day it gained independence from Britain. The flag of Gambia consists of five horizontal stripes Red, Blue, and green stripes the red and the green stripes are equal in width; the blue stripe is bordered on the top and bottom by white stripes of equal width. The red color represents the sun shining on the Gambia River and the blue represents that river, which runs through the center of the country. The green symbolizes the land, forests, and agriculture and the white stripes stand for unity, peace, and purity.