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Flag of Bolivia

Bolivia
Ratio 15:22
Adoption 1851
Design A horizontal tricolor of red, yellow and green with the National Coat of Arms centered on a yellow band. [0]
Colors
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History

The current flag of Bolivia was originally adopted in 1851.

According to the revised Constitution of Bolivia of 2009, the Wiphala is considered a national symbol of Bolivia (along with the flag, national anthem, coat of arms, the cockade; kantuta flower and patujú flower).

Despite its landlocked status, Bolivia has a naval ensign used by navy vessels on rivers and lakes. It consists of a blue field with the state flag in the canton bordered by nine small yellow five-pointed stars, with a larger yellow five-pointed star in the fly. The nine small stars represent the nine departments of Bolivia, and the larger star the nation's right to access the sea (access that it lost in 1884 in the War of the Pacific). [0]

Meaning

The first description of Bolivia's national flag, together with the significance of its colors, were first established by the Supreme Decree of 1888 during the government of President Gregorio Pacheco, which specifies that:
• Red: "represents the blood shed by our heroes for the birth and preservation of the Republic"
• Yellow: "represents our wealth and resources"
• Green: "represents the richness of our natural areas as well as hope, a foundational value of our society"