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Austrheim (Norway)

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by Jan Oskar Engene, 25 June 2002

Approved on 17 February 1989.

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About the flag

Austrheim municipality is situated in Hordaland county.

As an island community, Austrheim wanted a design reflecting its geographical characteristics. Originally, the favoured design was a shield with alternating bands of blue and white triangles, the triangles being larger at the bottom than at the top. It was though that such a design suggested the many islands in a nice way. Blue was chosen to represent the sea, white the land. However, this design was rejected by the heraldic expertise because of the use of perspective. Instead, the municipality chose a design of three curved white lines on a blue field, symbolizing the bridges connecting the islands. This design was made by Svein Skauge and was approved in Royal resolution of 17 February 1989.

Jan Oskar Engene, 25 June 2002

Source: The text and image are based on research Engene did for an article published in the German vexillological journal Der Flaggenkurier, No. 2, 1996 [joe96]. Consult this article for detailed references to sources.


Official blazon in Norwegian: "På blå grunn tre sølv bjelkar bøygde oppover."

Blazoned in English: "Azure three bars embowed argent."

English blazon by Zeljko Heimer, 5 August 2002

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