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Tongan Symbols

Tonga's Information

Flag of Tonga
Land Area 717 km2
Water Area 30 km2
Total Area 747km2 (#174)
Population 106,513 (#191)
Population Density 148.55/km2
Government Type Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $557.00 Million
GDP Per Capita $5,300
Currency Pa'anga (TOP)
  • Coat of Arms:

    Flag of Tonga

  • Coat of Arms: The coat of arms of Tonga was adopted in 1875, and features a large shield divided into four quarters. The Royal Crown of Tonga is displayed in the top-right quadrant, the top-left contains three stars, the bottom-left a dove holding an olive branch, and in the bottom-right are three crossed swords.

    Each of these symbolize an important element for Tonga: the dove and olive branch are for the wish of God's peace (taken from the story of Noah and the Great Flood), the three stars represent the main island groups of Tonga, the crown is for the ruling monarchy, and the swords represent the three dynasties of the kings (Tuʻi Tonga, Tuʻi Haʻatakalaua and the current Tuʻi Kanokupolu).

    Below the shield, Tonga's motto is displayed on a ribbon, and making up the crest is the Royal Crown of Tonga supported by olive branches.
  • Flag of Tonga
  • Flower: Heilala
  • Motto: "Ko e ʻOtua mo Tonga ko hoku Tofiʻa" ("God and Tonga are my inheritance")
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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