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Nevis Island (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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Nevis flag image by Jaume Ollé, 08 September 2014

Nevis flag image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 11 April 2015

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Description of the flag

Nevis uses a distinctive flag: yellow, with on the fly a green triangle with a blue base and a small white triangle on top, in the canton the national flag.
Mark Sensen, 26 Oct 1995

The Album 2000 [pay00] says:

4. Nevis. CS-/C-- ≅3:5

Yellow ensign with the national flag in the canton and triangular emblem in the fly. The emblem consists of a green isoscales triangle with a blue stripe along the base and white smaller triangle with the the green one, offset somewhat towards the top. The dimensions are given in the Album [pay00] as (6+8):(≅9+≅14). The tildes on length measurements are due to the tilde in the overall ratio ≅3:5. Saying the same in other words, the flag in the canton is 3/7 of the hoist high and appropriately long as the national flag should be (2:3). The emblem seems to be triangle of base size equal to its hieght, both being about 8 units (i.e. 8/14 of hoist; matching the album as close as possible is 8.4/14). The blue base about 2 units (exactly 1.75) and white triangle base and hieght about 3 units (exactly 2.8 in my image), distance between blue and white parts equal to the blue stripe. All these measurements are of little weight, unless they could be confirmed.
Željko Heimer, 01 Jan 2003

According a photo (flag at side of the premier of Nevis), the flag of Nevis  is slighty different that the one pictured here.
Ratio: I projected the image and seems that is 2:3 (same as the national flag in canton)
Canton: about 1/3 of the high
Triangle: 2 (blue):1 (yellow):4 (green):4 (white) (the exact position of the triangle in the flag I cant stablish it). The yellow stripe not show in the drawings know.
The white is bordered by a narrow green line (about 1/3 of the yellow stripe)
Jaume Ollé, 08 September 2014

I think Jaume refers to this photo (from
or this one (from and obviously, well, surprise!, the white part is in fact not simply a triangle...
Olivier Touzeau, 08 September 2014

No idea what it is, so this'll have to do for now.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 11 April 2015

Previous variants

Nevis flag image by Željko Heimer, 13 February 2005

Nevis flag variant image by Željko Heimer, 13 February 2005

Depending on sources, the colour of the lower stripe of the triangle on the fly of the flag of Nevis is either blue or black.
Armand Noel du Payrat, 13 Sep. 1999

A 19th century flag

In Robert Southey’s “Life of Nelson” (first published 1813), chapter 2 we find that when Nelson was in command of the frigate “Boreas” in the West Indies (in 1785) he was concerned with the fact that numerous American ships were trading with the islands, which he considered was unlawful after American independence. “When the Boreas arrived at Nevis, she found four American vessels deeply laden, and what are called the island colours flying – white, with a red cross. They were ordered to hoist their proper flag, and depart within eight-and-forty hours”. The words “are called” rather than “were called” might suggest the flag was still in use in 1813.
Kenneth Fraser, 21 September 2019