Costa Rica National Flag

Dec 30th, 2018


Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, borders the Pacific Ocean on its west side and the Caribbean Sea on the east side. The country’s name means “rich coast” in the Spanish language. Costa Rica is about 200 miles wide, but overall consists of 19,714 square miles. The city of San Jose serves as the country’s capital.


The current national flag of Costa Rica was adopted in 1906. The flag was designed by Pacifica Fernandez in 1848 when her husband, Jose Maria Castro Madriz, was president of the country. Her design was based on France’s national flag. Costa Rica added its national coat of arms to the left of the center of the red band.



From 1848 until 1906, Costa Rica used the flag pictured above as its national flag. The only difference is the location and size of the country’s coat of arms. As stated above, the flag was designed by Pacifica Fernandez in 1848. How it was chosen to represent Costa Rica is not known.


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