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WŻnseradiel [Municipality] (The Netherlands)

Wonseradeel [Gemeente] (Nederland)

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Wonseradeel municipality Shipmate Flagchart :

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Municipal flag

Wonseradeel/W{nseradiel is in the west of Friesland; when travelling from Noordholland by car or bike one has to cross the 'Afsluitdijk' (enclosuredam) and one enters Friesland in this municipality. There are 27 villages and each village has its own flag, derived from the municipal flag.

This flag was adopted 19-4-1955. Its simple design is chockful of symbolism (according to Sierksma, Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962) and connects to a flag on a seal of 1270. The white stripe symbolized the old stream Marne, which in olden times cut the municipality in two. A modern road cuts the municipality also in two - and horizontally too! <one wonders whether present-day designers are obeying very old rules:-)

On the occasion of a parade for Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard on 7-4-1962 a special municipal banner was adopted for use, with three tails en covered with the red deer of the municipal arms.

Regarding the village flags one can get some idea from the village CoAs on Ralf Hartemink's site:
and click the separate villages. I saw only two, so this is a wild guess: somehow on all flags there will be a horizontal or diagonal bar
to accentuate the two-ness of the municipality.

Jarig Bakker, 5 September 1999

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