Illustration of a red flag with a white circle with a red star and moonshape on it over blue text on a white background
The national flag of Tunisia was originally adopted in 1831. The current version of the Tunisia flag was adopted in 1999. The color red was originally chosen by the Ottoman Empire who ruled Tunisia until 1881, but today represents resistance against Turkish supremacy. The crescent and star are traditional Islamic symbols that also represent Tunisia’s history as part of the Ottoman Empire. Although Tunisia fought against the Ottoman Empire and Turkish rule, the Tunisian national flag bears a striking resemblance to the Turkish flag.