Flag Log's World Flag Chart 1997
Afghanistan (Taliban regime)
Australia (Torres Strait Islander)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Other Peoples and Places
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Events of 1997
February 1: Turkmenistan added an olive branch to its national flag to represent its permanent neutrality.
April 11: Prime Minister Bikenibeu Paeniu of Tokelau, who had come to power after a vote of no-confidence brought down his republican predecessor, restored the country's original blue ensign flag.
May 17: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire was overthrown and fled into exile. His successor, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, immediately restored the country's name to the Democratic Republic of Congo and reinstated the 1960-1963 national flag.
July 1: The flag of Hong Kong was officially raised for the first time when the territory was handed over from Britain to China.
July 4: Western Samoa changed its name to just Samoa.
August 30: The Amaizgh World Congress adopted a flag for the Amzigh (Berber) people of North Africa. The central emblem was the Tifinagh letter yaz.
October 27: The unrecognized Taliban government in Afghanistan added a black shahada to its plain white flag.
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