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Ulvik (Norway)

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by Jan Oskar Engene, 29 June 2002

Granted on 19 December 1986.

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About the flag

Ulvik municipality is situated in Hordaland county.

An ornament consisting of eight lozenges in a rosette is a familiar feature of local arts and crafts, both in wood carving and in textiles. It is also found on the folk costumes of the area. Therefore, the municipality of Ulvik chose this design for its arms and flag. The eight lozenges are in yellow on a field of red. Official grant was given 19 December 1986. The designer was Stein Davidsen.

Jan Oskar Engene, 29 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.

Isn't this pattern called a "snow crystal"?

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 July 2002

Not in Norwegian. The term for it is "rose". The official blazon do not use the word 'snow' at all, and I am pretty sure the pattern itself was not meant to represent snow.

Jan Oskar Engene, 7 and 9 July 2002


Official blazon in Norwegian: "På raud grunn åtte gule spissruter i rosett."

Blazoned in English: "Gules eight Lozenges in Annulet or."

English blazon by Zeljko Heimer, 9 July 2002

Note that the Norwegian blazon is in Nynorsk, one of the two official written versions of Norwegian. The other version is Bokmål. Nynorsk is the minority version, but official documents, even Royal resolutions, may be written in either.

Jan Oskar Engene, 8 July 2002

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