The flag of Uruguay features nine stripes of alternating white and blue, with white on the top and bottom stripes. In the upper-left corner of the flag, the canton is white with a golden sun, which has sixteen rays of sunshine. The sun, called the Sun of May, is a national symbol of Uruguay, representing the Inca sun god Inti.
The nine stripes on the Uruguayan flag represent the nine departments of Uruguay at the time the First Constitution of Uruguay was signed in 1830.
History of the Uruguayan Flag
The flag of Uruguay was designed using the colors of its neighbor and fellow former colony of Spain, Argentina, and bears resemblance to the flag of the United States. The flag's design is attributed to Joaquin Suarez, who was the first Head of State of the new nation, and later became president. A version of the flag was adopted in December 1828, but the final version of the flag was officially adopted July 11, 1830.
Last Updated On : December 14, 2012