After Aruba adopted its own flag while still part of the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao also received approval for its own flag in 1979. The resulting design, chosen from over two thousand entries, was finally adopted in 1984. And although it once represented the island area within the Netherlands Antilles from 1984 until its dissolution in 2010, it now represents the independent country of Curaçao.
The Curaçaoan flag is comprised of a blue field featuring a single horizontal yellow stripe, positioned slightly below the midline, along with two white, 5-pointed stars in the canton. The blue on top symbolizes the sky while the blue on the bottom represents the sea. In between, a yellow stripe stands for the bright sun which bathes the island. The two stars represent the islands of Curaçao and Klein Curaçao (a 0.66 sq mile uninhabited island located southeast of Curaçao), while the five points of each star symbolize the five continents from which Curaçao’s inhabitants descend.