Last modified: 2002-10-26 by elias granqvist
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by Zeljko Heimer, 2 May 2002
Adopted on 16 April 1982.
The flag of Sør-Varanger was adopted by Royal resolution dated 16 April 1982. According to [cjo87] the three flames symbolize the three most important industries in the municipality, agriculture, mining and fisheries, but also the three rivers that form the border between Norway and its neighbours. Sør-Varanger is on Norway's border with Finland and Russia, which means that three states meet at this municipality, a further symbolism of the number three. Finally, the three flames may symbolize the three people settled in the municipality: Saamis, Norwegians and Finns. According to [cjo87] the arms and flag also emphasize that the three flames are nourished by the same source, which can symbolize that people from the three nationalities work together to use the resources and that they have grown into one community. The colour combination is, significantly, identical to that of the national coat of arms, which was felt natural for a border municipality like Sør-Varanger.
Jan Oskar Engene, 30 April 2002
Blazoned in English: "Per bend rayonny or and gules."
English blazon by Zeljko Heimer, 30 July 2002