Flag of the United States Virgin Islands Flag

United States Virgin Islands Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Territory of the United States)
Country CodesVI, VIR, 850
Official NameUnited States Virgin Islands
ContinentNorth America
CapitalCharlotte Amalie
Government TypeOrganized, unincorporated United States territory
CurrencyUnited States Dollar (USD)
Calling Code+1 340
Member OfNone (as it is a territory of the United States)
PopulationApprox. 104,000
Total Area346.36 sq km
Highest PointCrown Mountain – Crown Mountain, the highest point in the United States Virgin Islands, rises to about 474 meters (1,555 feet).
Lowest PointCaribbean Sea – The lowest point is at sea level in the Caribbean Sea.
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $36,100
Life ExpectancyApprox. 79 years
Internet TLD.vi

United States National Anthem

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the United States Virgin Islands Flag

The flag of the United States Virgin Islands was adopted on May 17, 1921. It represents the territory’s relationship with the United States, along with its distinct cultural and historical identity. The flag features a simplified version of the United States coat of arms, emphasizing the ties between the US Virgin Islands and the United States.

The flag’s design includes a white field with a version of the United States’ eagle. The eagle holds a laurel branch in one talon, symbolizing peace, and three arrows in the other, representing the three major islands – Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix. The eagle also wears a shield with the blue upper portion and red and white stripes below, mirroring the United States flag.

Significantly, the eagle on the flag faces towards the hoist, a unique feature differentiating it from the traditional depiction on the United States coat of arms where the eagle faces its right. This alteration is said to symbolize the United States Virgin Islands looking towards the United States. Above the eagle, the letters ‘V’ and ‘I’ are inscribed, straightforwardly denoting the initials of the Virgin Islands.

The United States Virgin Islands flag holds a special place in the hearts of its residents, symbolizing a blend of local pride and unity with the greater United States. It reflects both the territory’s allegiance to the United States and its own unique Caribbean heritage, making it a distinctive symbol of the islands’ identity and history.