Costa Rica

The Flag of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America, known for its commitment to and success with environmentally friendly choices. The flag currently used by Costa Rica was adopted in 1906, but it has been modified twice since then, in 1964 and 1998, to reflect changes in the coat-of-arms. The flag of Costa Rica has five horizontal stripes—a wide red one in the center where the coat-of-arms appears, a narrower white one on either side of that, and a narrower blue one on either side of that, on the top and bottom of the flag. Sometimes, in unofficial situations, the flag is flown without the coat-of-arms in the red stripe. The white also symbolizes the sky, initiative, peace, happiness, and wisdom. The blue means the sky, plentiful opportunity, intelligence, eternity, religious ideals and spiritual fulfillment. The red represents the warmth of the people, blood shed for freedom, generosity, and the energy of the people. The Costa Rican coat-of-arms features the three volcanoes in the country. Stars above the volcanoes represent the districts of the country, and ships sail on either side of them to indicate the sea-faring culture of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The sun rises in the background to represent hope for the future, and the name of the country is posted above the images.