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Costa Rica National Flag

Costa Rica National Flag

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All of our printed Costa Rica flags are produced by a process called Dye Sublimation. The system drenches each fibre of the fabric, resulting in a flag with wonderful precise colour, and vitally the design appears perfectly on each side. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.

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History of the Costa Rica National Flag

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Trivia
The flag is similar to the one used in Thailand.
Technical Specifications
Adopted27th November 1906
Proportion3:5
DesignFive horizontal bands made up of two blue, two white and one large red band.
Colours
PMSBlue:290Red:186
Brief History

The first flag flown in Costa Rica was the burgundy cross of the Spanish Overseas Territories in 1541. It featured a plain white field with two diagonal large knotted branches crossing.

In 1785 the main flag in the area was the Spanish national flag of Charles III that featured a red-yellow-red triband with the crowned coat of arms off centre.

In 1821 Spain was defeated by Mexico and Costa Rica became an autonomous part of the First Mexican Empire. The flag was a green-white-red vertical tricolour with a crowned eagle on a cactus in the centre.

This flag was short lived when in 1823 Costa Rica became part of the Federal Republic of Central America. A blue-yellow-blue horizontal triband flag was adopted.

The flag was changed again in 1923 to a white field with six-pointed red star at the centre.

The Flag of the United Provinces of Central America was adopted in 1823. It features blue-white-blue triband with coat of arms in the centre. The coat of arms featured a triangle with mountains, hatted staff and multi-coloured rainbow on the sea surrounded by a circular border and the text “REPUBLICA FEDERAL DE CENTRO AMERICA”.

In November 1824 the flag of the United provinces of Central America was adopted as the Flag of Costa Rica with the state Seal of Costa Rica added directly under the coat of arms.

In 1824 the flag of Costa Rica was changed again to fit the new oval coat of arms of the United Provinces of Central America.

In 1838 the coat of arms of the United Provinces of Central America was removed leaving the seal of Costa Rica in the lower blue band.

In 1840 the flag was changed it a white-blue-white horizontal triband flag with the new seal of costa Rica in the centre. This new seal was a white eight-sided triangle on a blue background with a yellow circular border with bow and laurel stating “ESTADO DE COSTA RICA”.

In 1842 the flag was changed to a blue-white-blue horizontal banded field with the old coat of arms in the centre.

When Costa Rica broke away from the United Provinces of Central America in 1848 a new flag was adopted. The flag was inspired by France’s 1848 revolution and features five horizontal bands made up of two blue, two white and one large red band. At the centre is the newly designed coat of arms.

In 1906 the coat of arms was reduced in size and placed centre right in a white oval. In 1964 the number of stars on the coat of arms was changed from five to seven.

The coat of arms was amended slightly again in 1998. Each colour of the flag has a specific meaning, blue for opportunity, white for peace, red for blood split for the country and warmth of the people.

The civil flag was adopted in 1998. It has no coat of arms and is viewed as the unofficial national flag.

The Coat of Arms of Costa Rica

The Coat of Arms of Costa Rica was originally adopted in 1848. The current version depicts three smoking volcanoes with galley on the sea and seven white stars with a banner stating “REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA”.

The Flags of the Cantons of Costa Rica

Each Canton of Costa Rica has a separate flag. Here are examples of the flags of the second-level administrative divisions of Costa Rica.

The Flags of the Provinces of Costa Rica

Each of the Provinces of Costa Rica has a specific flag. Here are some examples of the flags of the Provinces of Costa Rica.

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