Curacao is an island nation in the southern part of the Carribean Sea. Curacao has a tropical Savannah c limate and while it lies outside the hurricane belt, it is still sometimes affected by hurricanes. Until 2010, Curacao was a territory of the Netherlands Antilles. The Netherlands Antilles dissolved in 2010 leaving this country a Dutch territory. This country is made up of the main island as well as the smaller, uninhabited island of Klein Curacao.
The flag of Curacao is blue with a horizontal yellow stripe just below the middle of the flag that goes all the way across. The flag has two, white, five pointed stars in the upper left hand corner, at a diagonal to each other. The blue at the bottom of the flag represents the sea and at the top, the blue represents the sky, both of which are almost always blue in Curacao. The yellow stripe represents the sun that is most often present over the island of Curacao. The two stars represent the two islands that make up this country, Curacao and Klein Curacao. Additionally, the five points in each star represent the five continents that Curacao’s people originally come from. The white color of the stars is also important as it represents peace and happiness
Prior to its current flag’s adoption, Curacao flew the flag of the Netherland Antilles, of which it was a part of until the dissolution of the Netherland Antilles in 2010. The Netherlands Antilles flag was flown from 1954-1984. However, in 1979, after Aruba also received approval, Curacao received the news that it had permission to have its own flag, even though they were still a part of the Netherlands Antilles. The country officials held a contest to design the new flag. Many people had ideas on what the Curacao flag should look like and there were as many as 1700 entrants. Selecting the final plan took time as the judges narrowed down the choices.
Finally, the judges decided upon a flag desgn by 18 year old Martin den Dulk. His flag won first place in the contest. On July 2, 1984, Martin den Dulk’s design for the flag became the official flag of Curacao and has remained the country’s flag ever since. July 2, 1984 was also the first ever flag day in Curacao.
Curacao, a country with an approximate population of 152,000, is located in the southern Carribean Sea. Its people come from many different countries and continents and all reside peacefully together on the relatively small island. A Dutch country, Curacao’s climate, its people, it’s land, and its peaceful culture have all been represented on its simple flag in a variety of ways.