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Krapina-Zagorje County (Croatia)

Krapisnko-Zagorska Zupanija

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by Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

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The Flag

I just received mail from Krapinsko-zagorska zupanija, confirming that they have recently adopted a new flag, as indicated on Janko Ehrlich's site. They are expecting this flag to be approved by central administration
Zeljko Heimer, 10 March 2000

The flag is red with yellow stripes allong upper and lower edge (width 1/10 of hoist each). In the middle there is the CoA bordered yellow. Ratio 1:2. Adopted: 21 December 1999.
One should note that there are three different shades of red used in those flags, maybe to visualise possible difference of the materials used (?) :
CMYK 0 80 100 0 - red fields in CoA
CMYK 10 100 100 0 - red field of the flag
CMYK 20 100 100 5 - red field of The Ceremonial Flag
Yellow is in all flags the same Pantone Process Yellow (that's CMYK 0 0 100 0). But on the ceremonial flag for the linden fruit are used other two shade Pantone 122 CV (for "berries") and Pantone 1205 CV (for the "leaf").
Zeljko Heimer , 24 March 2000

Ceremonial Flag

by Zeljko Heimer , 24 March 2000

The ceremonial flag is gonfalon with triangual ending, five sleave rectanges at the top, red bordered with yellow and with yellow fringe along the lower sides. In the middle is the CoA bordered yellow, above it arched inscription bearingh the name of the community in three lines, below two yellow branches - a vine with grapes and a linden branch with it's fruit. Approximate ratio 1:2.
Zeljko Heimer, 24 March 2000

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Previous (Unofficial) Flag

by Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

The CoA of Krapina-Zagorje is variation of the CoA of Krapina city, surrounded with the heraldic tent, "crowned" with the full CoA of Croatia. There is no crown here, but surely the state CoA is unapproprate here, and certainly forbiden by the law(s). The flag reported in use is red with CoA in the middle. No info on adoption or approval.
The County of Krapina - Zagorje is situated north of Zagreb, towards Slovenian border. The area is considered as a typical rural surrounding of the capital, although it is industrialized, mostly with light industry. On numerous hills there are many medieval and baroque castles and parks, and the coat of arms is therefore rightly chosen. There is a core of one of the three main Croatian dialects there, called 'kaykavian' (kajkavski).
Zeljko Heimer, 21 October 1998

Adopted around 1995, never approved by the Ministry of Administration, inspite in de facto use, abandoned December 1999. This was the horizontal variant, rarely in use.
Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Previous (Unofficial) Ceremonial Flag

by Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Ceremonial, vertical flag of KZ County, 199x-1999. Often used.
Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Previous (Unofficial) Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Question to flower experts - name a small field flower haing yellow seeds and small pointed white pettals. In Croatian they are called  "ivanc<ica", clearly connected with deminutive feminin form of the name "Ivan" (John). I guess that it is not only the Croatian "stereotype" that these flowers are used often by young gilrs for making girdles playing fairy queens and similar.
In any case, when we get the name of the flower - it is that flower that is shown as four things that hangs from the heraldic mantly in the former (and never approved) coat of arms of Krapina-Zagorje county. Those flowers were chose for canting reasons to remind on the mountain of the same name (Ivanc<ica) that dominates the County landscape.
Zeljko Heimer, 10 September 2000

They look to me very much like what we call daisies. They are a widespread wildflower in America (and probably elsewhere) and often used by small children here as ornaments.
Al Kirsch, 10 September 2000

I agree with Al's identifiaction, even if it causes me some linguistical-botanical trouble. Daisy seems to be used in English both for big and small daisy-like flowers, which belong to two different botanical species:
- the "big" daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare in Latin, marguerite in French.
- the "small" daisy, Bellis perennis, paquerette in French.

The "big" daisy is involved in the game "effeuiller la marguerite" (litt. to pick the petals off the daisy), a "she loves me - she loves me not" game. Every picked petal is associated with a special level of expected love (from "not at all" to "madly"). The level corresponding to the last petal tells what can be expected. The game is difficult to play with "small" daisies, because their petals are too small.
Botanically , daisy flowers are not "flowers" but "composite inflorescences", specifically called "capitules" ("small heads in Latin"). The name of this flower family (including dandelion, artichoke, cornflower, salsify, thistles ...) was Composaceae, until the new Botanical Code changed it to Asteraceae (association with a genius name is now mandatory, so forgot the Graminaceae and other Cruciferaceae). Both the white "petals" and the yellow "seeds" of the inflorescence are in fact true flowers, and the inflorescence is made of hundreds of them. The white "petals" are in fact the petals of the outer flowers (a singel petal for each flower), whereas the inner yellow flowers do not have petals.
Ivan Sache, 10 September 2000

I agree, these are properly known as asters, maybe because they look like stars?
John S. Ayer, 11 September 2000