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Costa Rica Flag

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The Costa Rica Flag was designed based on the ideals of the French Revolution and the colors of the French National Flag. Officially adopted on 27 November 1906.

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Costa Rica Flag Description

The Costa Rica flag features five horizontal stripes. The top and bottom stripes are blue, the middle stripe is red and the stripes between the red and blue stripes are white. The national coat of arms is placed toward the left on the red band.

The colors of the Costa Rica Flag were borrowed from the French Tricolore. The blue represents clear skies, the growth and development opportunities in Costa Rica, free and independent thinking, spirituality, and perseverance. White symbolizes joy and happiness, the power of wisdom, the initiative of the people, and peace. Red represents the warmth and hospitality of the people, the blood of their sacrifices, and the vibrancy of the land.

Costa Rica’s coat of arms was initially designed in 1848, but a number of changes were later introduced. The coat of arms features the three volcanoes of Costa Rica, sailing ships, and the rising sun. The initial design was drawn up in 1848 by the nation’s First Lady, Pacifica Fernandez Oreamuno. Seven stars arch across the sky, representing each of the seven provinces of Costa Rica.

National symbol(s): yiguirro (clay-colored robin)
National colors: blue, white, red
National anthem:
Name: “Himno Nacional de Costa Rica” (National Anthem of Costa Rica)
Lyrics/Music: Jose Maria ZELEDON Brenes/Manuel Maria GUTIERREZ

Fact about Costa Rica flag

Country Costa Rica
Designed by Pacífica Fernández
Adopted November 27, 1906
Revision 1821, 1823, 1824, 1840, 1842, 1848, 1906, 1964, 1998
Design and Colors Five horizontal bands of blue, white, red (double width), white and blue with the National Coat of Arms of Costa Rica on a white elliptical disk toward the hoist side of the red band
Size Ratio 3:5

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