The Flag of Uruguay

The flag of Uruguay consists of nine horizontal stripes of equal width, alternating between white and blue, with a white canton on the hoist side featuring the 'Sun of May' in gold. The number of stripes represents the nine original departments of Uruguay at the time of the flag's adoption.

The Flag of Uruguay

History

The flag of Uruguay was first adopted on December 16, 1828, following the country's independence from Brazil and Argentina. It was designed by Joaquín Suárez. The flag underwent several modifications, with the current version being defined in 1830. The 'Sun of May' symbolizes the Inca sun god Inti and is a reference to the May Revolution of 1810, which led to the independence of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata, the predecessor of several countries, including Uruguay. The flag’s design reflects Uruguay's struggle for independence and its ties to its neighbors, embodying both historical significance and national pride.