The flag of Río Negro, was a result of from a contest promoted by the Municipality of Río Negro. On 1 February 1995, the project of Edgardo Cánepa was approved by a jury composed of the Mayor Ing. Mazziotto, Prof. Mirna Linale de Rosas, Arch. Omar Britos and Prof. Martin Russo.

Central plot

White, symbolizing the greatness of our country, in artiguistas terms. In it we find the presence of the following illustrated components:


It represents the power of nature, the living force of the world and is a symbol of perseverance, taking into consideration its faithful and perfect daily and annual cycle. The yellow gold color gives strength to these characteristics, being the idea of ​​expansion and equal distribution. The anchor

It represents the natural benefits of our overseas port, a vigorous source of employment, a vital point of reference in international communications and dispatch.

The spike

Representation of our agrarian virtue, reigning in its meaning the idea of ​​abundance, the constancy and tenacity of agricultural work, inspiration of the robust image of fertility and proliferation. Also emphasizing its alimentary, breadmaking character, reinforced by the yellow-gold color, which has already been attributed its expandable and distributive significance, as this is the semiotic color of the sun. The Wavy Strips

They represent our portion of rivers generously bathing the coasts of our region: the "Uruguay River" or "of the birds"; the "River Hum": mixed, dark, black, origin of our departmental denomination. Its undulation inspires the image of mobility, cadence, constant changes. Water: universal source of life. Color Light Blue

It is present both in the central wavy strips as well as in the upper and lower stripes of the emblem. It symbolizes the margins of our rivers, as well as neighboring territories or contiguous departments; the spike of the central drawing symbolizes the symbiosis of particular resources of our region without detracting from the existing ones in nearby places, but it forms with them all the fruits of the whole country.