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Brazil Flag - Brazilian Flag

The flag of Brazil is one of the most unique and recognized flags in the world. Brazilians love their flag and are passionate about it. The emblem and colors of the Brazil flag hold great significance and convey the history, spirit and essence of the Brazilian people’s past and present.

 

Brazil Flag Description

The national flag of Brazil is green with a large yellow diamond in the center enclosing a blue globe with 27 white stars (one star for each state and the Federal District) and the globe has a white band with the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO (Order and Progress).

 

What do the colors on the Brazilian flag mean?

There is no clear definition of what the green and yellow colors of the flag mean today. When Brazil declared its independence from Portugal in 1821 and became the Empire of Brazil, a new flag was adopted for the Empire and the green and yellow represented the royal family of Pedro I and his consort Empress Maria Leopoldina, who were the first rulers of the Empire of Brazil.

The modern flag of Brazil was adopted in 1889 and over time the people of Brazil had generally accepted that the green on the flag stands for Brazil’s fertile lands and Amazon Rainforests. And the large yellow diamond is symbolic of Brazil’s wealth in gold and the country’s great mineral richness.

The blue globe with the stars depicts the night sky over Rio de Janeiro on November 15, 1889, with each star representing a specific state. Originally the flag consisted of 21 stars, and now there are 27, with each star representing a Brazilian state and the Federal District. The stars form different constellations that can be seen in Brazil.

 

History of the Brazilian Flag

The flag of Brazil has gone through different design and color changes throughout its history. See below for a list of these flags.

Colonial Brazil (1500-1816)
Colonial flags of Brazil

 

 

 

 


 

There was a number of different flags used throughout the colonial times in Brazil and since Brazil was just a territory of Portugal during this time, it never had an official flag. When the Portuguese came to this country, they typically flew their own Kingdom of Portugal flag. During this era, the flag that was most widely used consisted of a white background with a golden armillary sphere. This flag unofficial became the ensign of Brazil for a while.

 

Kingdom of Brazil (1816-1821)
Flag of the United Kingdom of Brazil

 

 

 


 

In 1815, Brazil was recognized as a kingdom, which was part of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves during this era. The Kingdom of Brazil flag was composed of a gold armillary sphere on a blue field.

 

Empire of Brazil (1822-1889)
Empire of Brazil (1822–1889) Flag

 

 

 


 

After Brazil’s Independence from Portugal and with the coronation of Pedro I as the first ruler of the Empire of Brazil, a new flag was created. The new flag featured the imperial coat of arms within a yellow rhombus, on a green field. The green and yellow colors represented the royal houses of Pedro I and his consort Empress Maria Leopoldina.

 

Republic of Brazil (1889-present)
Flag of Brazil - Brazilian Flag

 

 

 

 


After Brazil was proclaimed a Republic in 1889, the current Brazil flag design was officially adopted, which featured 21 white stars. On May 12, 1992, the Brazilian flag was slightly modified with the addition of 6 new stars to the blue globe, which represented the newly created states and also a slight change in the stars’ positions was made to match the astronomical coordinates correctly.

 

States – Brazil Flags

Brazil is composed of 26 States and one federal district (which contains the capital city, Brasilia). Each of Brazil’s 26 states has its own flag as well. Below I’ve listed the flags of each state in Brazil along with the name of the capital city of each state.

 

São Paulo Brazil state flag

 

 

State of São Paulo flag. Capital city is Sao Paulo.

 

Rio de Janerio Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Rio de Janerio flag. Capital city is Rio de Janeiro.

 

Santa Catarina Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Santa Catarina flag. Capital city is Florianopolis.

 

Santa Catarina Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Paraná flag. Capital city is Curitiba.

 

Rio Grande do Sul Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Rio Grande do Sul flag. Capital city is Porto Alegre.

 

Minas Gerais Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Minas Gerais flag. Capital city is Belo Horizonte.

 

Espírito Santo Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Espirito Santo flag. Capital city is Vitoria.

 

Bahia Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Bahia flag. Capital city is Salvador

 

Piaui Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Piauí flag. Capital city is Teresina

 

Maranhão Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Maranhão flag. Capital city is São Luis

 

Ceará Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Ceará flag. Capital city is Fortaleza

 

Rio Grande do Norte Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Rio Grande do Norte flag. Capital city is Natal

 

Paraíba Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Paraíba flag. Capital city is João Pessoa

 

Pernambuco Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Pernambuco flag. Capital city is Recife

 

Alagoas Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Alagoas flag. Capital city is Maceió

 

Sergipe Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Sergipe flag. Capital city is Aracaju

 

Federal District Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Federal District flag. Capital city is Brasília

 

Goiás Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Goiás flag. Capital city is Goiânia

 

Mato Grosso Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Mato Grosso flag. Capital city is Cuiabá

 

Mato Grosso do Sul Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Mato Grosso do Sul flag. Capital city is Campo Grande

 

Rondônia Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Rondônia flag. Capital city is Porto Velho

 

Acre Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Acre flag. Capital city is Rio Branco

 

Amazonas Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Amazonas flag. Capital city is Manaus

 

Roraima Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Roraima flag. Capital city is Boa Vista

 

Pará Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Pará flag. Capital city is Belém

 

Amapá Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Amapá flag. Capital city is Macapá

 

Tocantins Brazil state flag

 

 

State of Tocantins flag. Capital city is Palmas

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