Flag of Uruguay

Flag of Uruguay

The flag of Uruguay consists of nine horizontal stripes where four of them are blue and five are white. Moreover, the upper left part of the flag is adorned by so-called Sun of May with human face and sixteen rays - eight straight and eight wavy. Nine stripes indicate nine Uruguayan provinces, which were created after the liberation from Brazil in 1828. Prior to Brazilian domination, Uruguay was also ruled by Spanish and Portuguese, and it was called "Banda Oriental" (East Coast). The Sun of May should remind gaining the independence, which took place in May. The design of the flag is probably influenced by the style of American and Argentine flag.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes UY, URY (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Capital city Montevideo
Continent South America
Member of United Nations, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations
Population 3 518 552 (2019)
Total area 176 215 km2
Highest point Cerro Catedral (514 m, 1 686 ft)
Lowest point South Atlantic Ocean
GDP per capita $ 17 278 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Uruguayan peso ($, UYU)
Calling code +598
Internet TLD .uy

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