Flag of Venezuela

Venezuela Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesVE, VEN, 862
Official NameBolivarian Republic of Venezuela
ContinentSouth America
Government TypeFederal Presidential Republic
CurrencyVenezuelan Bolívar (VES)
Calling Code+58
Member OfUnited Nations, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations, Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America
PopulationApproximately 28 million
Total Area916,445 square kilometers
Highest PointPico Bolívar (4,978 meters, 16,332 feet)
Lowest PointCaribbean Sea (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per Capita$3,374
Life Expectancy72 years
Internet TLD.ve

Venezuelan National Anthem

Gloria al Bravo Pueblo (Glory to the Brave People)

Glory to the brave people which shook off
The yoke, the Law respecting
The virtue and honour.
Down with chains!
Cried out the Lord;
And the poor man in his hovel
For freedom begged.
Awaken to the sound of the clarion,
Awaken, for now, Venezuelans;
Let’s seize arms, let’s run to combat.
Let’s expel the tyrants,
Let’s reject oppression,
O my country, by God’s will,
We swear to live free or die.
Our fetters are broken,
The law is respected;
Free already, and triumphant
We are even in our honour.
Our lives are today free,
And the tyrant’s darkness
Was dispersed by a righteous man,
Who brought us light.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Venezuelan Flag

The flag of Venezuela has evolved significantly over its history, reflecting the nation’s struggles and aspirations. The first Venezuelan flag, introduced in 1806, was known as the Flag of Miranda, after the revolutionary leader Francisco de Miranda. This early flag, featuring three equal horizontal bands of yellow, blue, and red, became the basis for the future national flags.

The current flag was officially adopted on March 12, 2006, and it consists of three equal horizontal bands of yellow, blue, and red. The yellow symbolizes the nation’s wealth, the blue represents the Caribbean Sea, and the red signifies the blood shed for independence. The flag incorporates eight stars in an arc pattern on the blue band, representing the original provinces of Venezuela that united against Spanish rule.

In 1836, the Venezuelan flag underwent its first significant change with the addition of stars. Over time, the number of stars changed, reflecting political and territorial changes within the country. The addition of the eighth star in 2006, as decreed by President Hugo Chávez, was in honor of the province of Guayana, aligning with Simón Bolívar’s dream of a united South America.

The flag has been a symbol of pride and national identity for Venezuelans, representing their rich history and diverse culture. It has flown over moments of triumph and turmoil, embodying the resilience and spirit of the Venezuelan people. The flag’s history and symbolism continue to play a vital role in the national consciousness, reminding citizens of their past struggles and future aspirations.