Cocos And Keeling Islands flag
The Cocos and Keeling Islands (officially the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands) is an external territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean, north west off the coast of Western Australia.
The flag of the Cocos and Keeling Islands comprises a green field with a palm tree located inside a gold disc in the canton, a gold crescent moon in the centre of the flag and a gold Southern Cross constellation on the fly side of the flag. The flag's palm tree is said to represent the trpical flora on the Cocos and Keeling Islands, the crescent moon symbolises Islam (the religion of the Cocos Malays who comprise the majority of the islands' population). The colours green and gold are Australia's national colours whilst the Southern Cross constellation symbolises Australia and the southern hemisphere. The ratio of the Cocos and Keeling Islands flag is 1:2.
The flag of the Cocos and Keeling Islands has its roots in 2003 when a flag design competition was won by local resident Mohammed Minkom, a teenager at the time. The new flag of the Cocos and Keeling Islands was officially adopted on 6 April 2004.