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Flag of Međimurje County, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 11 July 1999
Međimurje County (in Hungarian, Muraköz, köz meaning "territory between the rivers) is the northernmost and smallest county in Croatia. Is is situated between rivers Drava (south) and Mura (north, along Hungarian border). Most of the area was once land of high Croatian nobility, but during the centuries it became considered as part of the Hungarian Kingdom (and not under administration of the Parliament in Zagreb, under the Habsburg Empire). With the declaration of independence of Croatian lands from Austria-Hungary in 1918, it was proclaimed once again a part of Croatia, and Serb troops helped in maintaining it so within the newly formed south-slavic country. After that time a strong dehungarization was performed, so until the Second World War there were already small number of Hungarians living there. During the Second World War, it was annexed to Hungary, but after the war returned to Yugoslavia. The rather large Jewish community, that was leader of industrial developement, was scattered or killed during the war. However, Međimurje remained one of the best developed and richest regions of Croatia.
Željko Heimer & István Molnár, 19 September 2000
The symbols of Međimurje County are prescribed by Decision Odluka o izmjenama i dopunama Odluke o grbu i zastavi Županije međimurske, adopted on 19 September 1996 by the County Assembly and published in the County official gazette Službeni glasnik županije Međimurske, No. 4., modifying the former flag of the County without changing the coat of arms.
The flag was approved by the Ministry on 10 July 1996.
The flag (photo) is vertically divided white and red with the coat of arms in the middle.
The vertical version of the flag (photo by István Molnár and table flag received from the county) is not a rotated version of the horizontal flag, remaining vertically divided.
Željko Heimer, 5 October 2009
Coat of arms of Međimurje County - Image by Željko Heimer, 11 July 1999
The coat of arms of Međimurje County was adopted, together with the former County flag by Decision Odluke o grbu i zastavi Županije međimurske, adopted on 23 November 1994 by the County Assembly and published in 1996 in Službeni glasnik županije Međimurske, No. 4.
Since there was no historical coat of arms of the county, a new, modern coat of arms was adopted, as: "Per fess, 1. Per pale gules and argent, 2. Azure a mullet of six or." The shield is semicircular. The 1996 Decision only changed the wording of the 1994 Decision in a more heraldical language, but the design stays the same.
Željko Heimer, 11 July 1999
Former flag of Međimurje County - Image by Željko Heimer, 11 July 1999
The first flag of Međimurje County was adopted, together with the coat of arms by Decision Odluke o grbu i zastavi Županije međimurske, adopted on 23 November 1994 by the County Assembly and published in 1996 in Službeni glasnik županije Međimurske, No. 4.
The flag is a variation of the banner of arms, vertically divided, at hoist quartered red and white quartered, at fly blue with a yellow six-pointed star. That flag was never official, since the 1994 Decision was not published in the official gazette until 1996, together with the Decision that changed it. However, it seems that it was at least in unofficial use in certain occasions.
Željko Heimer, 11 July 1999