The flag of Suriname consists of five horizontal bands of different width: two green ones, two white bands and a red one in the center. In the center of a red band, there is a five-pointed star. The flag was adopted in 1975 after Suriname became independent. The star is a symbol of unity of several ethnic groups. The red stripe is a symbol of love and progress. Green bands symbolize hope and fertility and white stands stand for tranquility and peace.
The first flag represented an ellipse of five stars. These stars represented five main ethnic groups: Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, East Indians Javanese, and Chinese. These stars are combined in an ellipse which stands for the unity of nations. The local citizens believe that this flag is a good national symbol. It may be used everywhere in public institutions. Furthermore, it is always held during public events.
Total area:163,820 km2
Formation:25. 11. 1975
Currency:surinamese dollar (SRD)
By continents:South America,