Chile Flag Facts

Chile Facts
The history of the National Flag of Chile dates back more than 200 years when this country battled for independence. The flag itself is thought to have been designed by either Ignacio Zenteno or Gregorio de Andia y Valela. The colors chosen for the Chilean Flag are red, white and blue. An interesting color combination that was used to identify important features and characteristics of the country, as well as the bloodshed spent during Chile's fight for independence.

Chile Facts
Chile is located in south-western South America on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The country is approximately 4,300km long from north to south, making it one of the longest countries in the world. It has a huge coastline and spans a total area of 756,950 sq km. Chile shares its borders with three countries of South America; Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Chile Facts
Chile is the 7th biggest country in South America. It has an overall population of approximately 18 million people. It is home to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. Chile is a stunning country enriched in culture, it has a diverse climate and interesting geographical features composed of lagoons, geysers, salt flats and lunar-like scenery.

National Flag of Chile *** Flag Designer: Ignacio Zenteno or Gregorio de Andia y Valela *** Date Adopted: October 18, 1817 *** Style of Flag: Horizontal Bicolor Design *** Flag Description: Two horizontal bands featuring a blue canton with a white five pointed star *** Flag Colors: Blue, white and red *** Flag Use: National flag and ensign *** Flag Ratio: 3:2 between length and width

Chile Flag Facts

  1. Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Chile Flag
    Chile's flag was designed by either Ignacio Zenteno or Gregorio de Andia y Valela. The flag was officially adopted on October 18, 1817.

  2. Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Chile Flag
    The design of the National Flag of Chile can be described as having two equal horizontal bars, the upper bar being white and the lower bar being red. In the upper hoist canton, over the white bar, features a blue square. Within the blue square, a five pointed white star takes central position.

  3. Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Chile Flag
    During Chile’s struggle for independence, the Chilean government called for a flag to represent the nation of Chile. The first flag design was a horizontal tricolor consisting of blue, white and yellow bands. It was first flown in 1812.

  4. Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Chile Flag
    A second flag was instituted in 1817, with a design that replaced the yellow stripe with the color red. The second flag was replaced in 1817 by the current flag of Chile as its similarities with the flags of France and the Netherlands caused some confusion.

  5. Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Chile
    The colors of the flag of Chile are interesting as they reference various historical events and geographical features of this South American country. The color red represents the blood spilt during Chile’s battle for independence, the color white represents the snow that falls on the Andes mountain range, the color blue symbolizes the sky and the Pacific Ocean on which Chile shares a coastal border, and the star represents guidance and honor.