The flag of Cyprus is set on a white background with a copper coloured silhouette of the island of Cyprus at the centre of the flag and two green olive branches below it. The flag's copper colouring is representative of the name Cyprus being derived from the Greek word for copper. The flag's olive branches represent peace between the two ethnic groups that comprise the island of Cyprus' population - the Greek and the Turkish.
The flag of Cyprus was officially adopted on 16 August 1960 following the country gaining its independence from Britain. The flag was designed by Turkish Cypriot art teacher Ismet Guney. Slight colour and size variations were made to the flag on 24 April 2006.
The flag's ratio is 2:3.
The flag of Cyprus flies outside a building