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County of North Bothnia (Sweden)

Norrbottens län

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

The flag is a banner of the arms;
arms granted on 18 June 1949.

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About the flag

The county consist of the northern parts of the provinces Lappland and West Bothnia (Västerbotten; this part of West Bothnia is nowadays often considered to be a province in its own right, called North Bothnia (Norrbotten)). The arms are quartered of the arms of West Bothnia and Lappland.

Elias Granqvist 2000-Oct-01

Is it customary to place the stars close to or adjacent to the reindeer? To me it looks like the stars are connected to the reindeer. Or is this the artist's interpretation?

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 2000-Oct-06

The custom, at least in Sweden, would be to put the stars in a pattern of straight rows on the shield regardless of the other charge or charges on the field, when the field is starry/the number of stars is not stated. Therefore, some of the stars might well happen to seem adjacent to the reindeer in this flag (the same can be the case about the blue balls and the elk in
County of Gävleborg). The stars are however not directly aimed to be adjacent to the reindeer - it just happen to be that way in this interpretation of the arms.

Elias Granqvist 2000-Oct-07


Official blazon in Swedish: "Kvadrerad sköld: i fält I och IV Västerbottens vapen, i fält II och III Lapplands vapen."
(West Bothnia: "I med 6-uddiga stjärnor av guld bestrött blått fält en springande ren av silver med röd beväring."; Lappland: "I fält av silver en stående röd vildman med grön björklövskrans på huvudet och kring länderna, hållande i höger hand en på axeln vilande klubba av guld.")

Blazoned in English: "Quartered, Azure Seme of Mullets Or a Reindeer in full course Argent attired and hoofed Gules, and Argent a Wildman stantant Gules wrapped with birch leaves Vert on the head and around the waist holding a Club Or in dexter over the shoulder."

English blazon by Zeljko Heimer, 2000-Oct-04

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