Since the early 19th Century Suriname had been a Dutch Colony. The first official flag was the 1959 Dutch Overseas Territory Flag.
This flag design featured a plain white field with five multi-coloured stars on an ellipse. Each coloured star represented an ethnic race living in Suriname. The white star represented the white Europeans; black star represented the Creoles, brown star for the Indians, red star for the American Indians and yellow star for the Chinese.
In 1975 Suriname was granted independence from the Dutch and a new flag was introduced. The 2:3 proportioned flag featured two green bands representing hope, two white bands for peace and one large central red band symbolising love with a large gold five-pointed star in the centre representing the unity of the ethnic groups in the country.
The Coat of Arms of Suriname
The Coat of Arms of Suriname was adopted in 1975 and features an oval shield split in two. The left side of the shield depicts a boat and the right a palm tree, in between is a star in a green diamond.
At either side of the shield are natives holding bows. Below the shield is a banner stating “JUSTICE, PIETY, FIDELITY”.
The Flag of the President of Suriname
The Flag of the President of Suriname is the national flag with the coat of arms in the centre.
The Flag of the People’s Armed Forces of Suriname
The Flag of the People’s Armed Forces of Suriname features blue-red-blue horizontal bands and a large gold star in the centre.
The Historical Flag of the Governor of Suriname
Prior to 1975 the Standard of the Governor of Suriname was similar to the flag of the Dutch Overseas Territory with the Dutch flag at the top and the bottom.
The Historical Standard of the Prime Minister of Suriname
Between 1975 and 1988 the Standard of the Prime Minister of Suriname was a gold bordered white flag with the coat of arms in the centre.