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Flag of Uruguay

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Flag of Uruguay

Flag of Uruguay
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 2:3
Adopted July 11, 1830
Design A field of alternating white and blue stripes with a white canton charged with the Sun of May
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 1
  • National banners 2
  • Maritime flags 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Symbolism and design

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.

Flag of Uruguay, 1828-1830
Flag of Uruguay, 1828-1830

National banners

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

Maritime flags

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.  
  2. ^ a b "Uruguay, flag of". Guide to Hispanic Heritage. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 

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