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Terschelling and Vlieland - historical (The Netherlands)

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Last modified: 2000-03-10 by mark sensen
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Historical flag

[Historical flag of Terschelling and Vlieland] Mark Sensen, 16 November 1996

15 horizontal stripes: red, white, blue, green, red, yellow, green, yellow, red, blue, yellow, green, red, white, blue (!)
(Source: Dutch atlas made by Delisle in 1739)

James Dignan, 14 November 1996

Other versions

[Historical flag of Terschelling and Vlieland] Mark Sensen, 16 November 1996

[sie62] Sierksma 1962 gives a version with (only) 11 stripes red-white-blue-red-blue-yellow-green-white-red-white-blue.

Mark Sensen, 16 November 1996

A variant of the fifteen-stripe version is shown in Flaggen aller seefahrenden nationen by John W. Norrie and J.S. Hobbs, Edition Maritim (Hamburg, 1987). I believe that was based on an 1848 Admiralty Flag Chart. It shows a flag of Terschelling and Vlieland which is the same as the above fifteen stripe flag taken from the Delisle atlas except the fifth stipe from the top is blue instead of red.

E. Smith, 4 May 1998

Old flagcharts show flags with 10 to 16 horizontal stripes, but the three stripes at the top and the three at the bottom are always red, white and blue. The other stripes are in the colours of Vlieland (green and white) and Terschelling (red, blue and yellow).

Mark Sensen, 25 April 1998


Terschelling and Vlieland are two of the West Frisian Islands (Dutch: Waddeneilanden). In 1615 they became part of (North-)Holland, but since 1942 the two municipalities have been part of the province of Friesland.

Mark Sensen, 28 February 1998

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