Flag of Bolivia

Bolivia Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesBO, BOL, 068
Official NamePlurinational State of Bolivia
ContinentSouth America
CapitalSucre (constitutional), La Paz (seat of government)
Government TypePresidential republic
CurrencyBoliviano (BOB)
Calling Code+591
Member OfUnited Nations, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations
PopulationApprox. 11.7 million (as of 2023)
Total Area1,098,581 square kilometers
Highest PointNevado Sajama (6,542 meters or 21,463 feet)
Lowest PointParaguay River (90 meters or 295 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $3,500 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 71 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.bo

Bolivian National Anthem

Bolivianos, el Hado Propicio

Bolivians, a favorable destiny
Has crowned our vows and longing
This land is free
Free at last
Its servile state has now vanished
The martial turmoil of yesterday
And the horrible night has ceased
For the very first time now shining
Is the sun of peace
Peace, peace, peace

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Bolivian Flag

The flag of Bolivia, officially adopted on November 5, 1851, is a symbol of the nation’s history and identity. The Bolivian flag has undergone several changes throughout its history, reflecting the country’s political and social evolution.

The flag consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width. The top stripe is red, representing Bolivia’s brave soldiers. The yellow middle stripe symbolizes the nation’s mineral resources, and the green bottom stripe stands for the fertility of the land. This combination of colors represents key aspects of Bolivia’s natural wealth and valiant history.

The first version of the Bolivian flag was introduced following the country’s independence from Spanish rule in 1825. Initially, the flag featured a different color scheme and symbols. Over the years, the flag underwent several redesigns, with various emblems and arrangements until the current design was established in 1851. In 1888, the coat of arms was added to the center of the flag, but only for state and military use. The civilian flag remains plain.

The Bolivian flag is a point of national pride and symbolizes unity and the rich cultural heritage of the nation. It represents the struggles and achievements of the Bolivian people throughout their history. The flag is prominently displayed on national holidays and during significant events, reflecting the spirit and resilience of Bolivia. The current design not only represents the country’s past but also its present and aspirations for the future, embodying Bolivia’s diverse cultural landscape and its commitment to progress and prosperity.