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Mali Losinj (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 27 June 2003

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by Zeljko Heimer

Mali Los<inj - City of Mali Losinj is situated on the island of the same name (Losinj) in Primorsko-goranska county, south east of Istria peninsula. In the adminstraive reorganization of Croatia in 1993, it was given the status of a community, but the city status was returned in 1997.
The coat of arms of M. Losinj must originate from sometime in 19th centruy, when this port take the bigger importance then the nearby Veli Losinj ("veli" meaning - greater, "mali" lesser, though these attributes are no longer accurate). It is the shield showing the threemasted sailling ship. I have not found the exact data of granting, but it seems that such CoA in different artistical redentions was used throughout 20th century (one such representation can be seen in Zmajic's "Heraldika").
The modern artistic redention is adopted sometime in early 1990's (probably when ML still had a community status, and maybe it was readopted in 1997). It consists of a blue shield bordered with a golden border, in the shield sailing a three-masted ship proper (maroon) with golden sails. In many cases I have seen the "golden" to be represented by pure orange shade, but on Mali Losinj pages it is clearly represented in more appropriate "golden yellow".
Until now I have not managed to find any info on a flag, but I have no doubt that there is at least one adopted, and highly probable also a ceremonial variant.
Zeljko Heimer
, 9 July 2000