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.
The current design of the Belizean flag was adopted on September 21, 1981, when Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom. The design was chosen from a national competition that attracted over 400 entries.