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County of Stockholm (Sweden)

Stockholms län

Last modified: 2002-02-01 by elias granqvist
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[Flag of the County of Stockholm] [FIS Code] by Mello Luchtenberg, September 2000

The flag is a banner of the arms;
arms granted in 1968.

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About the flag

The arms of the County of Stockholm was granted in 1968, when the County of Stockholm (the land around the capital) was merged with the Overgovernorship of Stockholm (which had the same borders as the City of Stockholm still has). The arms, and the flag (which is a banner of the arms) are put together of the arms of Stockholm, the arms of Upland and the arms of Södermanland (the later "heraldically abbreviated" (is that the right term?) to a griffin's head instead of a griffin).

This flag has been hanging outside the building of the county board (länsstyrelsen) in Stockholm, but when I walked past that house some weeks ago, they had by some strange reason changed the flags and now had a white LOB with the arms upon, crowned with a royal crown.

Elias Granqvist 2000-Oct-01


Official blazon in Swedish: "Sköld, genom en uppåtriktad kil av guld, vari ett avslitet svart griphuvud med näbb och tunga röda, kluven i blått, vari ett krönt S:t Erikshuvud av guld, och i rött, vari ett riksäpple av guld."

Blazoned in English: "Per pale Azure crowned St. Erik's Head Or and Gules a Royal Orb of the third gemmed of the field and of the second and overall on a pile inverted Or a Griffin's Head erased Sable beaked and langued Gules."
[hmh, not so elegant, maybe I should try with "trierced per pile inverted"?]

English blazon by Zeljko Heimer, 2000-Oct-04

Former administrative areas around Stockholm

Former County of Stockholm (Stockholms län)

[Flag of the earlier County of Stockholm] [FIS Code] by Falko Schmidt, 24 March 2001

[Flag of the earlier County of Stockholm] [FIS Code] by Dirk Schönberger, 25 March 2001

The flag was a banner of the arms;
arms granted on 7 February 1941

About the flag

The former flag of the Stockholm län. The coat of arms was used until 1968.

Falko Schmidt, 24 March 2001

The orb which the griffin is holding should be fully on the red field of the shield (see The red (Gules) half of the shield was acctually added just because the orb, which is of gold (Or), should not be upon the golden field. This is not possible, when using exactly the same image of a griffin as in the arms on that page. It lies in the nature of heraldry, that if the shield or the field on which a charge is placed upon is changed in its form, the charge should change position accordingly. Thus, on a banner of arms, the griffin should fill out the quadratic "shield" created by the flag cloth. When doing that, the griffin probably would be able to hold the orb within the red field. One should get another heraldic griffin holding an orb (i.e. re-draw the griffin), so the orb could be a little lowered.

Elias Granqvist and Dirk Schönberger, 25/26 March 2001


Official blazon in Swedish: "I av guld och rött styckat fält en upprest, svart grip med blå beväring, därest dylik skall komma till användning, och med båda framklorna bärande ett riksäpple av guld"

Blazoned in English: "Per bend Or and Gules a Griffin rampant, armed Azure, when it should be armed, carrying an Orb Or in both Foreclaws"

English blazon by Elias Granqvist, 26 March 2001

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