Flag of Uruguay

Uruguay Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesUY, URY, 858
Official NameOriental Republic of Uruguay
ContinentSouth America
Government TypeDemocratic Republic
CurrencyUruguayan Peso (UYU)
Calling Code+598
Member OfUnited Nations, Mercosur, Organization of American States
PopulationApproximately 3.5 million
Total Area176,215 square kilometers
Highest PointCerro Catedral (514 meters, 1,685 feet)
Lowest PointAtlantic Ocean (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 16,190
Life ExpectancyAround 77 years
Internet TLD.uy

Uruguay National Anthem

Himno Nacional de Uruguay

Orientals, the Fatherland or the Tomb!
Liberty or with glory we die!
It’s the vows that our souls pronounce
And which heroic we shall fulfill!
(And which heroic we shall fulfill! And which heroic we shall fulfill!

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Uruguay Flag

The national flag of Uruguay, also known as the “Pabellón Nacional,” has a deep and storied history. It was first adopted on July 11, 1830, following the country’s independence from Brazil. The flag’s design consists of nine alternating white and blue stripes, representing the nine original departments of Uruguay, and a white canton with a golden Sun of May.

The Sun of May is a significant symbol in Uruguay’s flag, representing the May Revolution, which led to independence in parts of South America. The face on the Sun is said to be modeled after that of the Inca god Inti, symbolizing the influence of the indigenous cultures on the country.

The flag has undergone minor changes since its inception. Originally, it had 17 stripes, but the number was reduced to nine in 1830 to simplify the design. The colors of the flag are also symbolic: blue stands for the sky and the ocean, white represents peace and harmony, and the golden sun symbolizes the nation’s freedom and independence.

Uruguay’s flag is a source of immense national pride and is revered for its representation of the country’s history and values. It is displayed prominently in public buildings, schools, and during national celebrations. The flag’s design is deeply connected to the country’s identity, reflecting the spirit of freedom and democracy that define Uruguay.