Flag of Uruguay

Flag of Uruguay
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

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

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

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

Maritime flags

Standard of the President of Uruguay (At Sea)
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. 1 2 "Uruguay, flag of". Guide to Hispanic Heritage. Britannica.com. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
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