Costa Rica flag lapel pin is rectangular and the ratio of length to width is about 5:3. The flag is composed of five parallel strips of blue, white, red, white and blue from top to bottom. The red wide strip is twice as wide as blue and white, and the national emblem is painted on the left side of the red part. The blue and white colors are from the colors of the former Central American federal flag, and the red part was added when the Republic was established in 1848. Blue represents the sky, opportunity, idealism, and perseverance; red represents enthusiasm and blood for independence; white represents peace, wisdom, and happiness.