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 light 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 (Spanish: Pabellón Nacional) is one of the three official flags of Uruguay alongside with the Flag of Artigas and the Flag of the Treinta y Tres. It 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, based on the U.S. flag, where the stripes represent the original 13 colonies. The first flag designed in 1828 had 9 light blue stripes; this number was reduced to 4 in 1830 due to visibility problems from distance. The Sun of May represents the May Revolution of 1810; according to the historian Diego Abad de Santillán, the Sun of May is a figurative sun that represents Inti, the sun god of the Inca religion. It also appears in the Flag of Argentina and the Coat of Arms of Bolivia.

Colours scheme[edit]

Flag of Uruguay.svg Yellow Brown Blue White
RGB 252-209-22 123-63-0 0-56-168 255-255-255
Hexadecimal #fcd116ff #7b3f00ff #0038a8ff #FFFFFF
CMYK 0-17-91-1 0-49-100-52 100-67-0-34 0-0-0-0

Co-official flags[edit]

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

Maritime flag[edit]

Naval Jack of Uruguay
Naval Jack of Uruguay

Historical banners[edit]

During Spanish rule:

Flag of Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
Flag of Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata

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

Flag of the Cisplatina
Flag of the Cisplatina

Historical flags[edit]

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


During the Great Siege of Montevideo (1843-1851) Uruguay had two parallel governments, with two different flags:



  1. ^ "Flag of Uruguay". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Whitney. "Uruguay, flag of". Guide to Hispanic Heritage. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2007. 

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