The flag was designed by Joaquín Suárez, the first head of the state of Uruguay.
|Adopted||11th July 1830|
|Design||Nine alternating white and blue stripes with a white square and Sun of May top left.|
The Patria Vieja, also known as the flag of Artigas, was flown in the region between 1813 and 1815. It is a blue-white-blue horizontal triband with a red diagonal band from top left to bottom right. The Flag is still flown with the national flag.
Uruguay became a province of Brazil around 1821 and the flag flown was the flag of Cisplatine Province; a green-white-green horizontal triband with cross and gold / blue sphere in the centre.
In 1828 a fully independent Uruguay adopted a new flag. It featured nine alternating white and sky blue stripes representing the departments of Uruguay and a white square with Sun of May on the top left representing Uruguay. The flag was altered in 1830 to feature nine stripes and 16 straight and wavy rays from the Sun of May.
The Coat of Arms of Uruguay
The Coat of Arms of Uruguay was adopted in 1829. It features an oval split into quarters.
The Top left portion is a blue field with golden scales, the lower left portion features a black horse on a white background, the top right portion is a castle on a mountain and the sea, and the lower right portion is a golden bull on a blue field.
Above is the Sun of May and below is a blue ribbon connecting a laurel branch and an olive branch.
The Standard of the President of Uruguay at Sea
The Standard of the President of Uruguay at Sea is a plain white field with the coat of arms in the centre and a blue anchor at either corner of the standard.
The Roundels of Uruguay
The Roundel of the Uruguayan Air Force is a circular flag of Artigas.
The Military Cockade of Uruguay features the colours from the flag of Artigas.
The Flag of Treinta y Tres
The Flag of Treinta y Tres is flown alongside the national flag and the flag of Artigas.
It is a blue-white-red horizontal tricolour with “LIBERTAD O MUERTE” in the centre stripe.
The Flags of the Administrative Divisions of Uruguay
Here are some examples of the Flags of the Administrative Divisions of Uruguay.