National Flag of Paraguay
Country: Republic of Paraguay
Paraguay Flag Description:
The flag of Paraguay consists of three horizontal stripes - the top stripe is red, the middle one white, and the bottom stripe is blue. In the middle of the Paraguay flag and white stripe there is an emblem. The front of the flag has the country's state coat of arms on it and the back has the country's Treasury Seal. The state arms on the front consist of a five pointed yellow star on a blue disc. Surrounding the star is an olive branch and a palm branch. On a circular band is the country's official name written in Spanish, Republic of Paraguay. The Treasury Seal on the reverse side shows a lion guarding the red Phrygian cap. Surmounting the seal is the Paraguayan national motto: 'Paz y Justica', which means 'Peace and Justice'
Paraguay Flag Meaning:
The Paraguay flag's colors were inspired by the French flag and are considered the colors of liberty and independence. Separately, the red stripe symbolizes courage, equality and patriotism; the white represents unity, purity and peace; and blue stands for liberty, benevolence and truth. The front coat of arms represents May 14, 1811, the date of Paraguay's independence. The olive branch represents peace and the palm branch represents honor. The Treasury Seal on the reverse is a symbol of liberty.
Paraguay Flag History:
The Paraguay flag was adopted on November 27, 1842, making it one of the world's oldest flags. Paraguay gained independence from Spain on May 15, 1811. The practice of having a separate emblem on each side of the flag dates back to the time of José de Francia who was in power from 1814-1840.
Interesting Paraguay Flag Facts:
Paraguay's flag is the only national flag in the world to have different emblems on the obverse (front) and reverse (back). The front of the Paraguay flag has the country's state coat of arms on it, and the back has the country's Treasury Seal.