Aruba Flag Colors, Meaning & History

Aruba flag
Color Palette
Larkspur Blue#418FDE65, 143, 22271, 36, 0, 13
Union Jack Red#EF3340239, 51, 640, 79, 73, 6
Bunting Yellow#FFD100255, 209, 00, 18, 100, 0
White#FFFFFF255, 255, 2550, 0, 0, 0

The Aruba flag is made of a blue background, with two narrow yellow stripes on the bottom of the flag, constituting 1/8 of the flag for each stripe. Close to the mast, on the upper part of the flag, there is a red, four-sided star that is bordered with white.

Meaning of the Aruba Flag

The blue background was first taken from the United Nations flag background. It represents the endless sea around the Carribean island. The red star on the Aruba flag represents the four points of the compass to indicate the island that attracts tourists and visitors. The star also stands for the island itself which is surrounded by the blue sea. The yellow stripes symbolize abundance and the island’s industries of gold and oil in the past. They also stand for the yellow flowers that decorate the island, and the free position of Aruba in the Kingdom of Netherlands. The white stands for the white beaches and the purity of Aruba’s people’s hearts. The red color is the symbol of patriotic love and Brazilwood industry.

History of the Aruba Flag

Aruba has been part of the Netherlands for so long. In the 1970s, Aruba leaders started to seek independence, and therefore in 1976, the decision was made to find a suitable flag that represents the country. A local competition was held, and the current flag was the winning design. The flag was first hoisted on March 18, 1976. Aruba gained independence in 1986, but it preferred to stay a part of the Netherlands Kingdom.