|Adopted||25 November 1975|
|Use||National flag & ensign|
The national flag of Suriname consists of five horizontal bands of green (top, double width), white, red (quadruple width), white, and green (double width) with a yellow, five-pointed star centered in the red band.
Green symbolizes hope, fertility and verdant jungles and agricultural lands of Suriname
Red stands for progress and love
Yellow star represents the unity of all ethnic groups and a golden future for all of them and the spirit of sacrifice needed from the Surinamese to achieve that goal.
White stands for peace, justice, and freedom
The pre-independence flag of Suriname, adopted in 1959, consisted of five colored stars connected by an ellipse. The colored stars represented the major ethnic groups that comprise the Surinamese population: the original Amerindians, the colonizing Europeans, the Africans brought in as slaves to work in plantations and the East Indians, Javanese and Chinese who came as indentured workers to replace the Africans who escaped slavery and settled in the hinterland. The ellipse represented the harmonious relationship amongst the groups.
Suriname flag history