Flag of Uruguay

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Flag of Uruguay.svg
Name The National Pavilion (Official), The Sun and Stripes (Nickname)
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 2:3
Adopted July 11, 1830
Design Nine horizontal stripes of white alternate with blue with the white square on the upper hoist-side corner bearing the Sun of May in the center.
Designed by Joaquín Suárez the first head of state of Uruguay in December 1828 and President of Uruguay 1843-1852.

The national flag of Uruguay (Pabellón Nacional) has a field of nine equal horizontal stripes alternating white and blue. The canton is white, charged with the Sun of May, from which 16 rays extend, alternating between triangular and wavy.[1] The flag was first adopted by law on December 16, 1828, and had 19 stripes until July 11, 1830, when a new law reduced the number of stripes to nine.[2] The flag was designed by Joaquín Suárez.[2]

Symbolism and design[edit]

The horizontal stripes on the flag represent the nine original departments of Uruguay. The first flag designed in 1828 had 9 light blue stripes; this number was reduced to 4 in 1830 before the proclamation of the country's first Constitution. The Sun of May represents a new nation in the world.

Historical banners[edit]

These are recognized for historical reasons, and are flown together with the national flag on government buildings:

Flag of Artigas
Flag of Artigas
Flag of the Treinta y Tres
Flag of the Treinta y Tres

Flag of Cisplatina, under Brazilian occupation between 1821 and 1825:

Flag of the Cisplatina
Flag of the Cisplatina

Historical flags:

Flag of the Provincia Oriental(1825-1828)
Flag of the Provincia Oriental
Flag of Uruguay(1828-1830)
Flag of Uruguay

Maritime flags[edit]

Standard of the President of Uruguay (At Sea)
Standard of the President of Uruguay (At Sea)
Naval Jack of Uruguay
Naval Jack of Uruguay



  1. ^ "Flag of Uruguay". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Uruguay, flag of". Guide to Hispanic Heritage. Britannica.com. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 

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