Free Shipping on Orders of $75 or More.  Some restrictions apply.  Click for details.

Bolivian Flag

Shop for authentic Bolivia Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Bolivia flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Bolivia flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Bolivia National Anthem, historical information about the Bolivia flag, and demographic data about Bolivia

Showing 1 to 4 of 4 (1 Pages)

History of the Bolivian Flag

The Bolivian Flag has 3 horizontal bands in red, yellow, and green. In the center of these is the Bolivian Coat of Arms. The red color of the flag symbolizes the soldiers of the country who fought for independence and the accompanying bloodshed. The yellow represents the country's wealth, and the green is symbolic to Bolivia's natural areas and cultivation.

The Bolivian flag has been changed a few times and the current version of the national flag was not adopted until 1851, despite Bolivia gaining independence from Spain in 1825. The first national flag after gaining independence was red and green with a gold star in the middle, circled by a green wreath. One year later, the government changed this flag to a yellow, red, and green flag with the coat of arms in the center but in 1851, it was changed again by the president at the time as he felt that the colors on the flag should imitate the order of the colors on Bolivia's two national flowers, which are the "Kantuta" and the "Patuju."

The coat of arms that is represented in the center of the flag holds very high importance and significance to the people of Bolivia. In the center of the coat of arms is a circle and the inside of the circle features Bolivia's Mount Potosi, and an alpaca (animal that originates in South America) standing next to a tree and wheat. These all signify the country's wealth and its natural resources. Many years ago, the mountain Potosi was the most effective and successful mining operation in the world. Behind the circle, the crossed canons represent the struggle and fight that Bolivia had to gain independence, the axe and phrygian that are featured signify freedom and the ten stars at the bottom of it symbolize the nine departments of Bolivia (Beni, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosi and Tarija) as well as the old province, Litoral. The branches surrounding the circle symbolize peace and the Andean condor (South American bird found in the Andean mountains) sits on top.

As well as the tricolor national flag, Bolivia has another national emblem which is "The Wiphala" and it officially became the second national flag in 2009. The Wiphala represents all the natives of the Andes and it must now be raised and flown next to the Bolivian Flag. This angered many Bolivian natives who did not want to recognize the Andean culture. The Wiphala is a muti-colored, chequered flag.

Bolivia is a landlocked country (there are only two in South America) and it shares borders with Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile. It is the fifth largest country in South America and is one of the very few countries that has two capital cities, which are, La Paz and Sucre.

Geographic Coordinates
17 00 S, 65 00 W
Area
1,098,581 sq km
Population
9,947,418
Life Expectancy
67.23 years
Government Type
Republic
Capital
La Paz
GDP
$45.11 billion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
8.5% (2009 est.)
Currency
Bolivian peso (BOP)
Calling Code
+591
Internet TLD
.bo

Bolivia National Anthem

Himno Nacional de Bolivia (Himno Nacional de Bolivia)

Listen

Lyrics

Bolivians, a most favorable destiny
has at long last crowned our vows and longings;
This land is free, free at last.
Its servile state has now finally ceased.
The martial turmoil of yesterday,
and the horrible clamor of war,
are followed today, in harmonious contrast,
by sweet hymns of peace and unity.
Are followed today, in harmonious contrast,
by sweet hymns of peace and unity.

Let us keep the lofty name of our country
in glorious splendor.
And, on its altars, once more we must swear:
to die before we would live as slaves.
To die before we would live as slaves.
To die before we would live as slaves.

Eternal praise to the brave warriors
whose heroic valor and firmness
conquered the freedom and glories that now
a happy Bolivia justly begins to enjoy!
Let their names, preserved forever in marble and bronze,
transmit their glory to remote future ages.
And in resounding song let them repeat their simple call:
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
And in resounding song let them repeat their simple call:
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

Here has Justice erected its Throne
which vile oppression ignores
and, on its glorious stamp let us rejoice
Freedom, freedom, freedom
This innocent and beautiful land,
which owes its name to Bolívar,
is the happy homeland where mankind
enjoys the benefits of good fortune and peace.
Is the happy homeland where mankind
enjoys the benefits of good fortune and peace.

If a foreigner may, any given day
even attempt to subjugate Bolivia,
let him prepare for a fatal destiny,
which menaces such brave aggressor.
For the sons of the mighty Bolívar
have sworn, thousands upon thousands of times,
to die rather than see the country's
majestic banner humiliated.
To die rather than see the country's
majestic banner humiliated.