Flag of Uruguay

Infobox flag
Name = Uruguay
Article =

Image size = 200px
Use = 111111
Symbol =
Proportion = 2:3
Adoption = July 11, 1830
Design = A field of alternating white and blue stripes with a white canton charged with the Sun of May
Designer = Joaquín Suárez
Type = National

The national flag of Uruguay ("Pabellón Nacional") has a field of nine equal horizontal stripes alternating white and blue. The canton is white, charged with the Sun of May, from which 16 rays extend, alternating between triangular and wavy. [cite web |url=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/flags/uy-flag.html |title=Flag of Uruguay |accessdate=2007-06-27 |work=The World Factbook |publisher= Central Intelligence Agency] The flag was first adopted by law on December 16, 1828 and had 17 stripes until July 11, 1830, when a new law reduced the number of stripes to nine.cite web |url=http://www.britannica.com/hispanic_heritage/article-9093983 |title=Uruguay, flag of |accessdate=2007-06-27 |work=Guide to Hispanic Heritage|publisher= Britannica.com] The flag was designed by Joaquín Suárez.

ymbolism and design

The nine horizontal stripes on the flag represents the nine original counties. The overall design bears a resemblance to the flag of the United States and the flag of Greece.Fact|date=August 2008

The national banners

Unusual among nations, Uruguay has three official "National Banners" ("Banderas Patrias"): the Pabellón, as described above, the flag of Artigas, and the flag of the "Treinta y Tres" (Decree 18, February 1952). While the Pabellón Nacional is the main national flag, the other two flags are also officially recognized for historical reasons, and all three are flown together on government buildings.



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