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Throughout history, the Costa Rican flag has undergone many changes. At least seven different flags, varying from color to diagramming, were used until the year of 1848, when First Lady Pacífica Fernández – inspired by the French Revolution and the colors of the French flag – created the flag we know today.
The flag is formed by five horizontal stripes (two blue, two white and one red) and also makes use of the national ensign (coat of arms) which is left out on unofficial matters. The blue is meant to represent idealism, the white stands for peace and the red is a reminder of the blood spilled by martyrs who suffered for their country. It is also meant to symbolize the love of the Costa Rican people for their country.