Emblem of Guinea-Bissau

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Coat of arms of Guinea-Bissau
Coat of arms of Guinea-Bissau (variant).svg
ArmigerRepublic of Guinea-Bissau
SupportersOlive branches
CompartmentSea shell
MottoUnidade, Luta, Progresso
"Unity, Struggle, Progress"

The national emblem of Guinea-Bissau was adopted shortly after independence from Portugal in 1973.

Coat of arms of Guinea Bissau[edit]

The Constitution of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau Article 22 (1) states that "The national symbols of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau are the Flag, the Arms and the Anthem". The same article (3) states that "The arms of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau consist of two palms arranged in a circle, joined by the base on which a yellow shell rests, and linked by a ribbon with the motto «UNITY STRUGGLE PROGRESS». In the upper central part is a five-pointed black star".


Featured prominently is a black star, that is part of traditional Pan-African symbolism, and is often referred to as the Black star of Africa. A seashell at the bottom unites two symmetrical olive branches. The sea shell is symbolism for the location of the country on the West coast of Africa.

The red banner contains the national motto of Guinea-Bissau: that translates to English as "Unity, Struggle, Progress".

Historical coat of arms[edit]