The present Bolivia flag was initially adopted in 1851. The state pennant, ensign, and war flag of Bolivia were designed with a horizontal tricolor of yellow, green and red, along with the Bolivian coat of arms that can be seen in the middle. The red hue in this flag stands for the brave soldiers of the country, the green means fertility, while the yellow is pertaining to the mineral deposits of the country. As said by the revised Constitution of Bolivia in 2009, the Wiphala flag is known to be the federal sign of Bolivia, along with the national anthem, flag, coat of arms, patuju flower, kantuta flower, the cockade, and the coat of arms.
In spite of the landlocked status of Bolivia, it also has the naval ensign that is used by its navy vessels on lakes and rivers. This consists of the blue field together with the state flag within the canton, surrounded by 9 small yellow 5-pointed stars, with a bigger yellow 5-point star sign on the right-hand side. The 9 little stars are representing the 9 departments of Bolivia and the bigger star signifies the right of the country to access the sea, which was lost in the War of the Pacific which happened in 1884.
Naval Ensign of Bolivia
The federal flag of Bolivia has been described as the tricolor triangle that has the colors yellow, green and red, in the ratio of 1:1:1 which means 3 horizontal bands. Red is the color of the superior portion of the Bolivia flag that occupies a larger width of the flag, the center is yellow with similar width and the inferior part is green, covering the remaining third. The dimensions of the Bolivian flag were not defined since the time it was adopted way back in 1851.
The Supreme Decree No. 27630 of 2004 has finally established and stated that the size of this flag should be 7.5 sq wide by 11 sq long. The square could be of any size but it should be according to the ratio of 15: 22.
The initial description of the Bolivian flag along with its significance were initially recognized by the Supreme Decree of 1888 by the time the government was ruled by President Gregorio Pacheco, who specified:
- Red – signifies the blood that was shed by the heroes for the birth and preservation of the Republic.
- Yellow – represents the country’s mineral resources and wealth.
- Green – is the color that is representing the richness of the country’s natural areas and hope, which is the foundational significance of society.
Bolivian Wiphala Flag
The exact colors that the Bolivian flag has were established by the Supreme Decree of 2004. The colors of the flag’s tricolor could also be seen the Bolivian Wiphala.
This flag was included in the federal colors of the Bolivian Air Force similar to what can be seen in the executive Dassault Flacon 900EX. The Wiphala is now officially flown on the governmental departments and structures like the Palacio Quemado including the parliament, together with the tricolor flag since the amended 2009 constitution has been introduced.