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Coevorden [Drenthe, Municipality] (The Netherlands)

Coevorden [Drenthe, Gemeente] (Nederland)

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municipality of Coevorden Derkwillem Visser jr. - VDCN :


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Municipal flag

Coevorden at present comprises the former municipalities of Coevorden, Zweelo, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Dalen. Population c. 35.000 on c. 310 sq. km. Vancouver is said to have derived its name from Coevorden I have been told, but I don't know the source anymore.

Jarig Bakker 26 July 1999.

The merger took place on the 01-01-1998, and the new flag was adopted on 13 July 1999.

Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001.

Coevorden [former municipality]

Coevorden [voormalige gemeente]

former municipality of Coevorden Shipmate Flagchart :

Coevorden CoA

Coevorden CoA

Dalen [former municipality]

Dalen [voormalige gemeente]

former municipality of Dalen Shipmate Flagchart :

Dalen CoA

Dalen CoA

Oosterhesselen [former municipality]

Oosterhesselen [voormalige gemeente]

former municipality of Oosterhesselen Shipmate Flagchart :

Oosterhesselen CoA

Oosterhesselen Coa

Sleen [former municipality]

Sleen [voormalige gemeente]

former municipality of Sleen Shipmate Flagchart :

Sleen is now part of Coevorden in Drenthe, Netherlands.

The municipality of Sleen instituted a municipal flag by a resolution of the municipal council of 25 June 1962. Description:
The flag is composed of five horizontal stripes of equal width, alternating white and blue. To the hoist flanked by two vertical rows of five square blocks, alternating white and blue too. The first block on the top has a red five-pointed star, derived from the flag of Drente. In that flag there are six stars, one for each 'dingspel' (old name for a municipality). Sleen was the capital of the first dingspil "Het Zuidenveld".

Jarig Bakker  2 August 1999.

Sleen CoA

Sleen CoA

Zweeloo [former municipality]

Zweeloo [voormalige gemeente]

former municipality of Zweeloo Shipmate Flagchart :

The municipal flag was designed by J. F. van Heijningen in Utrecht. Granted by decree of the High Council of Nobility on 26 July 1988 #88/242-28. The flag has been adopted as official municipal flag on 14 November 1988. Description:
Three horizontal stripes green-yellow-green related 1:4:1 with on the yellow stripe at 1/3 flaglenth two black concentric circles, each wide about 7/200 of the total height of the flag; the rings with external diameters of respectively 80/200 and 52/200 of the height of the flag and on it a red, double cross of snakeheads with arms, of which the width is equal to 9/100 of the flagheight and a total height, which is equal to 3/5 flagheight.
The yellow stripe with rings and cross mirror exactly the municipal arms. The COA has been shifted a little to the hoist. They symbolize the word 'LOO', meaning 'WOOD'. Zweeloo is situated in a beautiful wooded region. To maintain the balance in the flag a green stripe has been added to the top and the bottom. In that way the location of Zweeloo in a wooded area has been expressed. The flag has been officially unveiled on 20 May 1989 by the Mayor, Mr. J. Jonkers.
Additional info from Kl. Sierksma's 'De gemeentewapens van Nederland', 1968:
'The double ring reminds of the ringurnfield near the 'Galgenberg' (Gallow mountain). The snakehead-cross is a symbol for the early
settlement of Christianity in this region, which was then still a very rough country.'
The CoA and flag can also be seen at Ralf Hartemink's BNG-site:
With the following (IMHO better) explanation of the snakeheadcross: 'The cross in the Coat of Arms symbolizes Christianity, which arrived here quite early. A snakehead-cross was chosen to symbolize the marshy condition of the soil.'

Still: this flag would be quite fitting for Nagaland!

Jarig Bakker  2 August 1999.

Zweeloo CoA

Zweeloo CoA




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