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What Do the Colors and Symbols of the Flag of Suriname Mean?

The official flag of Suriname was adopted on November 25, 1975.

The current flag of Suriname was officially adopted on November 25, 1975.

The flag of Suriname features five bands of green, white and red, arranged horizontally. In the center of the red stripe there is a gold star, which represents the diverse ethnic groups present in Suriname. The colors of every band also have their own meaning. While red stands for love and progress, green stands for fertility and hope, and white stands for peace.

Historical Versions of the Flag of Suriname

Prior to becoming an independent country in 1975, Suriname was represented by a white flag with five stars of differing colors that was adopted in 1959. A similarly designed flag of the governor was also used during this time.

Current Version of the Flag of Suriname

The flag of Suriname was selected as a result of a nationally sponsored competition at the time of independence in 1975. The winning design was the work of Jacques Herman Pinas.

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Rachel is the managing editor for World Atlas as well as occasional contributor. She has degrees in creative writing and urban studies.


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