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Suriname Flag

Flag of Suriname
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Suriname]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Scheme green,red white,yellow
Color and Design

A horizontal triband of green (top and bottom) and red (double width) with large white border with the large yellow five-pointed star centered on the red band.

Meaning & SymbolismThe color red represents progress. White represents freedom and justice and the green represents the fertility of the land. The yellow star symbolizes unity and a golden future.
Description and Brief History

The Flag of Suriname is made of five horizontal stripes. The central stripe is red and is significantly thicker than the other stripes. It is sandwiched between two thing stripes of white, which are followed by stripes of green. A yellow star with five points is placed in the center of the flag. It was legally adopted on 25 November 1975, upon the independence of Suriname. Prior to that, there were two different flags. The people of Suriname disapproved of the new flag and in 1959 the government held a national competition to design another flag.

In 1986, the national anthem, national flag, and the national coat of arms were officially accepted by the Surinamese. The flag of Suriname was raised for the first time on the Independence Day of the Republic of Suriname. There is a legal requirement for vessels to raise the flag of Suriname when visiting another country to reduce miscommunication between other countries.

The modern nation of Suriname began as part of the Dutch Empire, so it was initially represented by the flag of the Netherlands. The flag consisted of three horizontal stripes of red, white, and blue. The flag remained in use from the time that the colony was founded in 1667 until Suriname began to work towards independence during the 20th century. Suriname became an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands before it became a fully independent nation, which led to the adoption of the first unique Suriname flag in 1959. The flag's design featured five stars of red, yellow, brown, black, and white that were placed along a black ring upon a white field. The stars were intended to represent the nation's different ethnic groups, a role which is fulfilled by the single star on the current flag. The single star is the only reference that the modern flag has to the previous design, which it replaced in 1975.


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