Nicaragua

Trivia

It is the only sovereign state flag to contain the colour violet.

Technical Specifications

Adopted 27th August 1971 (First adopted 1908)
Proportion 3:5
Design A blue-white-blue triband with the coat of arms in the centre.

 

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Brief History

In 1823 flag of the United States of Central America was used as the flag of Nicaragua. It is the blue-white-blue horizontal triband with a modified coat of arms at the centre. There was also a flag represented the United Provinces of Central America flown during this period with a blue-bordered coat of arms.

The Nicaraguan Flag of the United Provinces of Central America (1823 – 1825)

The Flag of the United Provinces of Central America (1823 – 1825)

In 1925 the Federal Republic of Central America and Nicaraguan flag were altered to reflect the new oval coat of arms.

The Nicaraguan Flag of the Federal Republic of Central America (1825 – 1854)

The Flag of the Federal Republic of Central America (1825 – 1841)

Between 1852 and 1854 an unofficial white-yellow-red horizontal tricolour with green mountain was attributed to Nicaragua. In 1854 a yellow-white-tan horizontal tricolour national flag was officially adopted.

The Attributed Flag of Nicaragua (1852 – 1854)

The Flag of Nicaragua (1854 – 1858) & (1873 – 1889)

The Coat of Arms of Nicaragua

The Coat of Arms of Nicaragua was first adopted in 1823; the current version has been used since 1971. The design features a gold-bordered triangle with five volcanoes looking over a lake with a rainbow above and Phrygian cap.  Surrounding the triangle is the text “REPUBLIC OF NICARAGUA – CENTRAL AMERICA”.

The five volcanoes represent the five member states of the Republic of Central America and sun’s rays and rainbow represent a bright future.

The Historical Flags of the Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast is part of Nicaragua but previously it was under British protectorate between and had a modified historic Nicaraguan flag with the nine blue and white stripes and the Union Flag In the top left corner. Once it became an autonomous territory of Nicaragua in 1860 the Union Flag portion was replaced with a blue-white-blue rectangle and red and white coat of arms.

The Flag of the Mosquito Coast under British Protectorate (1844 – 1860)

The Flag of the Mosquito Coast (1860 – 1894)

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