The national flag of the DPRK was enacted with the founding of the state on September 9, Juche 37 (1948).

It consists of a central red panel, bordered both above and below by a narrow white stripe and a broad blue stripe. The central red panel bears a five-pointed red star within a white circle near the hoist. The ratio of the width to the length is 1:2.

The red color symbolizes the red blood of the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners who fought for the freedom and independence of the country, and the invincible might of the Korean people rallied behind the DPRK.

The white color implies that it is the state of a homogeneous nation that has lived on one expanse of territory sharing one bloodline, language and culture.

The blue color represents the spirit of the Korean people who struggle for the victory of the socialist cause and global peace and progress, and it symbolizes the sovereignty of the DPRK.

The five-pointed red star depicts the spirit of the Korean people who advance vigorously, carrying forward the revolutionary traditions of the anti-Japanese struggle, and the prospects of the DPRK.

The national flag was designed by Kim Il Sung.