Flag of Paraguay

Paraguay Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesPY, PRY, 600
Official NameRepublic of Paraguay
ContinentSouth America
Government TypeConstitutional Republic
CurrencyParaguayan Guaraní (PYG)
Calling Code+595
Member OfUnited Nations, Organization of American States, Mercosur, Union of South American Nations
PopulationApproximately 7 million
Total Area406,752 km²
Highest PointCerro Peró (842 meters, 2,762 feet)
Lowest PointParaguay River (46 meters, 151 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 5,400
Life Expectancy74 years
Internet TLD.py

Paraguay National Anthem

Paraguayos, República o Muerte (Paraguayans, Republic or Death)

Paraguayans, Republic or Death!
Our fate was always bondage,
Well, the God of the heavens
Gave us liberty.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Paraguay Flag

The national flag of Paraguay, adopted in 1842, is unique among national flags for having different emblems on the obverse (front) and reverse (back) sides. This distinctive feature reflects the nation’s history and identity.

The front side of the flag features the national coat of arms – a yellow five-pointed star surrounded by a green wreath and the words “República del Paraguay” – on a white stripe, flanked by red and blue stripes. The coat of arms represents the independence and sovereignty of Paraguay. The back side of the flag displays the seal of the treasury – a lion in front of a staff and a Phrygian cap with the inscription “Paz y Justicia” (Peace and Justice) – symbolizing the defense of liberty.

The choice of red, white, and blue as the flag’s colors is significant. These colors were inspired by the French Tricolore, symbolizing liberty and revolution, reflecting Paraguay’s strive for independence and democratic values.

The Paraguayan flag has undergone several modifications since its first adoption in the early 19th century, with changes to both the design and the symbols on the flag. The current version, with its distinct obverse and reverse designs, was solidified in the 20th century.

The flag of Paraguay is a source of national pride and a symbol of the country’s history, independence, and its commitment to maintaining liberty and justice. It is displayed in public buildings, schools, and during national celebrations, symbolizing the unity and identity of the Paraguayan people. The unique design of the flag reflects the nation’s distinctive path and its place in the world.