Flag of Belize

Belize Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesBZ, BLZ, 084
Official NameBelize
ContinentNorth America
Government TypeParliamentary constitutional monarchy
CurrencyBelize dollar (BZD)
Calling Code+501
Member OfUnited Nations, CARICOM, Commonwealth of Nations, OAS
PopulationApprox. 400,000 (as of 2023)
Total Area22,966 square kilometers
Highest PointDoyle’s Delight (1,124 meters or 3,688 feet)
Lowest PointCaribbean Sea (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $4,800 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 75 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.bz

Belizean National Anthem

Land of the Free

O, Land of the Free by the Carib Sea
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty
No tyrants here linger, despots must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy
The blood of our sires, which hallows the sod
Brought freedom from slavery oppression’s rod
By the might of truth and the grace of God
No longer shall we be hewers of wood

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Belizean Flag

The flag of Belize, officially adopted on September 21, 1981, upon the country’s independence from the United Kingdom, is one of the few national flags to feature human beings. The flag’s design is rich in symbolism and reflects the country’s culture and history.

The flag features a royal blue field, with red stripes at the top and bottom. In the center, there is a white disc bearing the national coat of arms. The coat of arms depicts two woodcutters in front of a mahogany tree, with the national motto, “Sub Umbra Floreo,” meaning “Under the Shade I Flourish,” emphasizing the importance of the mahogany industry in Belize’s colonial economy. The woodcutters are of different races, symbolizing the harmony between Belize’s diverse ethnic groups.

The choice of colors on the flag is also significant. The blue and red are the colors of the two major political parties in Belize, symbolizing national unity. The red stripes were added to the original design of the flag to ensure a sense of balance and inclusion, representing the nation’s political diversity.

The flag of Belize is unique in its detailed representation of the nation’s people and heritage. Since its adoption, the flag has been a symbol of Belize’s sovereignty, cultural diversity, and its rich natural resources. It is a source of pride for Belizeans, representing their history, their struggle for independence, and the unity and strength of their nation. The Belizean flag is a vibrant symbol of the country’s identity, reflecting its past and its aspirations for the future.