Flag of Nicaragua
    Nicaragua Flag fast facts
    Adopted: August 27, 1971
    Proportion (width:length): 3:5
    Similar flags: El Salvador
    and Honduras






    Nicaragua Flag - Information
    The national flag of Nicaragua has three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, and blue with the national coat of arms centered in the white band. The coat of arms features a triangle encircled by the words REPUBLICA DE NICARAGUA on the top and AMERICA CENTRAL on the bottom




    Nicaragua Flag - colors meaning/symbolism
     Two blue stripes symbolize the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea
     White stripe represents the land between the two bodies of water (the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea) and the peace and prosperity of its people
     Equilateral triangle represents equality
     Five volcanoes between two oceans represent the original 5 member states (present-day states of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica) of The Federal Republic of Central America (United Provinces of Central America) that existed from 1821 to 1841
     Cap of Liberty represents national freedom
     Sun rays and the rainbow symbolize the bright future for Nicaragua


    Nicaragua flag history and facts
    Nicaragua became independent from Spain in 1821, but was under Mexican rule until 1823. On July 1, 1823, Central America proclaimed its independence and formed the United Provinces of Central America. The flag of Nicaragua in use today is similar to that of the United Provinces of Central America which was a federation of the 5 Central American states (present-day states of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica) from 1821 to 1841. Though the union ceased to exist in 1841, Nicaragua continued to use its flag till 1854. Several flags later, in 1908, Nicaragua readopted the old federation flag with slight modifications to the coat of arms. The presence of a rainbow in the coat of arms makes the flag of Nicaragua the only flag of a sovereign state to include the color violet.