List of Costa Rican flags

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List of Costa Rican flags This is a list of flags used in Costa Rica. For more information about the national flag, visit the article Flag of Costa Rica.

National Flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Costa Rica.svg 1906- National flag and Civil ensign Five strips blue, white, red, white and blue. The red central stripe with double width than other blue and white strips.
Flag of Costa Rica (state).svg 1906- State flag and State ensign The national flag with the National Coat of Arms inside a white circle in the red strip to the left.

Provinces[edit]

See: Provinces of Costa Rica

Flag Date Use Description
Bandera de la Provincia de Alajuela.svg Flag of Alajuela Province White flag with the Coat of Arms of Alajuela Province in the center.
Bandera de la Provincia de Cartago.svg Flag of Cartago Province Two horizontal strips blue and red.
Bandera de la Provincia de Guanacaste.svg Flag of Guanacaste Province Three horizontal strips blue, white and green, with an inverted red triangle to the left.
Bandera de la Provincia de Heredia.svg Flag of Heredia Province Three vertical strips yellow, white and red, with the regional Coat of Arms in the central strip.
Bandera de la Provincia de Limón.svg Flag of Limón Province Three horizontal strips green, blue and white.
Bandera de la Provincia de Puntarenas.svg Flag of the Puntarenas Province Two triangles, red (upper left) and green (lower right), crossed by two diagonal joined strips white (lefter) and blue (righter). In the center, a ten-pointed golden star with the cypher "1848" in black characters.
Bandera de la Provincia de San José.svg Flag of San José Province Blue flag with a five-pointed white star in the center, and bordered with red strips.

Cantons[edit]

Historical flags[edit]

Flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg 1541-1785 Burgundy Cross, flag of the Spanish Overseas Territories A red saltire resembling two crossed, roughly-pruned (knotted) branches, on a white field.
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg 1785-1812, 1814-1817 Spanish national flag and war ensign
Bandera de Iturbide.png 1821-1823 Flag of the First Mexican Empire Three vertical strips green, white and red, with the Imperial Coat of Arms in the center.
Flag of Costa Rica (1821-1823).svg 1823 First Costa Rican National Flag Three horizontal strips blue, yellow and blue.
Flag of Costa Rica (1823-1824).svg 1823-1824 Second Costa Rican National Flag White field with a six-pointed red star.
Flag of the United Provinces of Central America.svg 1823-1849 Flag of the United Provinces of Central America Three horizontal strips light blue (upper and lower) and white (central), with the coat of arms in the center.
Flag of Costa Rica (1824).svg 1824-1839 First flag of the State of Costa Rica (within the United Provinces of Central America) Same as UPCA flag, with the State Seal in the lower strip.
Flag of Costa Rica (1838-1840).svg 1839-1848 Second flag of the State of Costa Rica (within the United Provinces of Central America) Three horizontal strips white, blue and white, with the State Seal in blue strip.
Flag of Costa Rica (1842-1848).svg 1842-1848 Third flag of the State of Costa Rica (within the United Provinces of Central America) Three horizontal strips blue, white and b.ue, with the State Seal in white strip.
Flag of Costa Rica (1848-1906).svg 1848-1906 First flag after break of UPCA Same as actual flag, with the National Coat of Arms in the center.
State Flag of Costa Rica (1906-1964).PNG 1906-1964 State flag from 1906 to 1964 The number of stars appeared on Coat of Arms was 5 since 1848. In 1906 the style of Coat of Arms was slightly modified, and the one appeared on State Flag was also modified, narrowed and was put into a white oval lied near to the hoist of the flag.
State Flag of Costa Rica (1964-1998).PNG 1964-1998 State flag from 1964 to 1998 In 1964 a law was passed by government to reduce the numbers of the stars from 5 to 7, to reflect the increase of number of its provinces. In 1998 a decree was passed by government about the design of National Coat of Arms, and according to the decree there should be some smoke ejecting from three volcanoes as current look.

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