Flags of the World: Costa Rica

The Costa Rica flag utilizes the colors red, white, and blue, which can be found on other flags throughout the world, in addition to featuring horizontal stripes, but the similarities to other flags end there.

It all starts with horizontal stripes, which are of uneven proportions. The thickest stripe is located in the middle and is red. Two smaller white stripes are above and below the red stripe, while blue stripes make up the top and bottom of the Costa Rican flag.

These colors were borrowed from the French tri-color where blue represents clear skies, opportunity, free thinking, spirituality, and perseverance. White represents joy and happiness, wisdom, initiative, and peace. Finally, red represents the warmth and hospitality of the Costa Rican people, the blood of their sacrifices, and the vibrancy of the land.

In the center red stripe is Costa Rica’s coat of arms which depicts three volcanoes, sailing ships, and the rising sun. This is a reasonably old flag as the original design dates all the way back to 1848. The Costa Rica national flag was officially adopted on November 27, 1906, but changes have been made as recently as 1998.

With nearly five million residents and countless decedents living all over the world, it isn’t surprising that you’re looking for a Costa Rican flag. Contact us today or fill our out custom form to learn more about all of the products and materials we have to offer.