The flag of Belize consists of a blue background with a white circle in the center. Inside the white circle, there is the coat of arms of Belize, which features a shield flanked by two woodcutters. The shield contains fifty leaves, which represent the country’s year-round greenery, and the tools of the woodcutters, which represent the country’s resources. Above the shield, there is a mahogany tree, which is an important part of Belize’s history and economy. Below the shield, there is a banner with the country’s motto, “Sub Umbra Floreo,” which means “Under the shade I flourish.”
The blue background of the flag represents the sea and the sky, which are important elements of Belize’s natural environment. The white circle represents the peace and unity of the Belizean people.
Belize adopted the current design of its flag on September 21, 1981. This occurred when Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom. A national competition attracted over 400 entries to choose the design.