National Symbols of Somaliland

Last updated on April 7th, 2023 by Editorial Staff

Table Of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Country Information
  3. Coat of arms
  4. Flag map
  5. Country motto
  6. National animal
  7. National flower
  8. National bird
  9. Rest of national symbols
  10. State symbols
  11. Neighbouring countries
  12. Proverbs & sayings
  13. Compare with other countries
  14. Location

By | Updated on April 7, 2023

Reviewed by Rittika

Somaliland is a country in Africa. The official name of Somaliland is the Republic of Somaliland. It shares borders with 3 countries: SomaliaDjibouti, and Ethiopia. The people of Somaliland are called Somalilanders. The country is situated in Somaliland and lies in the Horn of Africa, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden. It is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Ethiopia to the south and west, and the uncontested part of Somalia to the east.

Etymology discusses where a term is considered to have originated from and how its meaning has changed over time. Etymology has been a factor in the naming of countries all across the world, and Somaliland has also been influenced. The etymology of Somaliland can be defined as; “Land of the Somali”, an ethnic group. Somali itself is of uncertain etymology.

An ethnicity is a group or sub-group of people who are connected based on common characteristics which may include religion, origin, language, traditions, or culture. The ethnic groups in Somaliland include Darod, Dir, Habr Awal, Gadabuursi, and Muse.

The national colors of the country are green, white, and red. The ISO code is SO.

Somaliland is known for the famous tourist attraction Laas Geel, also spelled Laas Gaal. The national dish of Somaliland is Canjeero or canjeelo, and the national instrument of Somaliland is Oud.

The country has the time zone UTC+3 (EAT) followed by dd/mm/yyyy as the standard date format.

Somaliland is divided into 6 regions and 18 districts. The capital of the country is Hargeisa, which is also the largest city in Somaliland.

The literacy rate in Somaliland is 92.5%.

The country’s total area is 176,120 km² (68,000 sq mi), and the total population is 15,893,222. The country’s average elevation is 180 m, whereas the country’s terrain can be defined as; Mostly flat to undulating plateau rising to hills in the north. The country’s usual climate is a dry climate, with most regions designated as arid, with a few, smaller, areas as semi-arid.

The area of land next to a sea is called the coast, and a coastline is defined as the line where land and sea meet. Somaliland has 3333 km of coastline.

The Somaliland Shilling serves as the national unit of currency, and the Bank of Somaliland is recognized as the country’s central bank. The country code is +252, and Eagle is the country’s coat of arms.

Museums are known to educate and connect visitors with the nation’s history, culture, civilization, art, and architecture. The National Museum of Somaliland serves the same purpose and is considered one of the most significant tourist attractions. The National Museum of Somaliland is home to a large collection of artifacts. It has been designated as the national museum of the country.

The national dress of Somaliland is the Ma’awiis, and 22 May is designated as National Day. In Somaliland, the majority of the population practices Islam as their religion.

Nature is a blessing from God and we must protect it because it provides us with the oxygen and food to survive. It also helps to keep our environment beautiful and clean. To emphasize the significance of nature, Somaliland has selected a few forces of nature as national symbols. Somaliland’s national bird is the Somali sparrow, and the highest peak is Mount Shimbiris.

Mythical creatures can be found in the literature and mythologies of many different nations. They represent imaginative representations of various creatures, humans, or hybrids. They are known for their specific features, supernatural abilities, and distinctive appearance. The mythical creature of Somaliland is Habbad ina Kamas.

Sports have always played an important role in developing the social and cultural structure of Somaliland and other countries. When it comes to designating a sport as the official symbol, Football is considered the country’s national sport.

Sultan Guled Abdi at Toon is the founder of Somaliland. The country’s national anthem was written and composed by Hassan Sheikh Mumin.

The country’s national hero is Leopard.

Due to their unique qualities and rich cultural or historical backgrounds, national monuments around the world are of great importance. Hargeisa War Monument is recognized as the national monument of the country. It attracts visitors from all around the world.

“There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” is the official motto of the country, and Muse Bihi Abdi is the President.

Somaliland has declared Arabic as the country’s official language.

– Further information regarding the symbols and knowledge of Somaliland can be found in the table of contents –


  • Naeem Noor

    As a graduate in Modern Literature, my fascination with symbolism, especially the symbolism of nations, drives my work at SymbolHunt. Through my articles, I passionately delve into the hidden meanings behind national emblems and motifs. Drawing on my expertise in language and culture, I invite readers to join me on a journey of exploration into the rich tapestry of symbolism that defines our world, fostering a deeper appreciation for our shared cultural heritage.

Country information

Official name(s) Republic of Somaliland
Alternative name(s) Jumhūrīyat Arḍ aṣ-Ṣūmāl
Regional location Somaliland lies in the Horn of Africa, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden. It is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Ethiopia to the south and west, and the uncontested part of Somalia to the east
Country name etymology "Land of the Somali", an ethnic group. Somali itself is of uncertain etymology
Climate Dry climate, with most regions designated as arid, with a few, smaller, areas as semi-arid
Terrain Mostly flat to undulating plateau rising to hills in the north
Population 15,893,222
National Day 22 May 1991
Language(s) Arabic
Religion Islam
Country code +252
Literacy rate 92.5%
Currency Somaliland Shilling
Capital city Hargeisa
Domain(TLD) N/A
Ethnicity Darod, Dir, Habr Awal, Gadabuursi, and Muse
Head of government President
Nationality Somalilander
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 176,120 km² (68,000 sq mi)
Timezone UTC+3 (EAT)
Average elevation 180 m
Coastline 3333 km
Mains electricity 220 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Somaliland

Motto of Somaliland

"There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah"

National animal of Somaliland

The National animal of Somaliland is Not Declared

National flower of Somaliland

The National flower of Somaliland is Not Declared. Botanical name is .

National bird of Somaliland

The National bird of Somaliland is Somali sparrow

National bird of Somaliland - Somali sparrow

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Neighbouring countries of Somaliland

Somalilander Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

A man with a sense of humor is never at a loss for words or action.

The bridge is repaired only after someone falls in the water.

A person stands next to a shade not next to words.

You don’t go searching for bones in a lion’s den.

Poverty is slavery.

Every camel was once upon time two years old.

Think before you do. Think before you do.

Lend a false ear to false words.

The person who does not listen to an elder’s advice gets his or her leg broken.

What you see is what you believe.

Dogs understand each other by their barking, and men by their words.

To try and fail is not laziness.

Somalis don’t say a false proverb.

Death and justice affect all men equally.

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