The flag of Ethiopia is a horizontal tricolour consisting of the colours (from the top of the flag to the bottom of the flag) green, yellow and red. At the centre of the flag sits the national emblem of Ethiopia which is a yellow pentogram set inside a blue disk.
Ethiopian flags first became tricolours of green, yellow and red on 11 October 1897; however, have taken various forms in the years since. The current flag design dates back to 31 October 1996; however, the blue upon which the flag's emblem is set was made darker on 16 May 2009.
As a result of Ethiopia's resistance against foreign rule and its status as the oldest independent country in Africa, the colours of green, yellow and red have come to be known as the Pan-African colours and have since been adopted as flag colours by many newly independent countries on the African continent.
The flag's ratio is 1:2.