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Flag of Gornji Kneginec - Image by Željko Heimer, 19 August 2004
The Municipality of Gornji Kneginec had 5,800 inhabitants in 1993.
Željko Heimer, 15 February 2003
The symbols of Gornji Kneginec are prescribed by Decision Odluka o opisu i uporabi grba i zastave Općine Gornji Kneginec, adopted on 16 July 2004 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 23 July 2004 in the County official gazette Službeni vjesnik Varaždinske županije, no. 21. The adoption of the new symbol was reported on 21 July 2004 in Večernji list by Željko Pavlek (Općina Kenginec Gornji dobila novi grb i zastavu - Simbol pravde Andrije II. Arpadović).
Decision Odluka o opisu i uporabi grba i zastave Općine Gornji Kneginec, adopted on 9 September 2009 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 16 September 2009 in Službeni vjesnik Varaždinske županije, no. 32, replaced the previous Decision. There was no change in the description of the symbols but some minor procedure details were changed.
The flag (photo) is in proportions 1:2, dark blue with the coat of arms, bordered yellow in the middle.
Željko Heimer & Tomislav Šipek, 20 December 2009
Coat of arms of Gornji Kneginec - Image by Željko Heimer, 19 August 2004
The coat of arms of Gornji Kneginec is "Azure a pair of scales or and in chief two crowns also or."
The symbols are a simplification of the previous coat of arms; they refer to events thjat took place in the 11th centrury when Emeric inherited the Croato-Hungarian throne. He was in a feud with his brother Andrew, known as Duke Andrew II Arpád. In 1204, after a victorious battle, Emeric locked up Andrew in the Kneginec tower. Emeric soon died, but before that he had crowned his young son Ladislaus, releasing Andrew to be his guardian and regent. The scales, as a symbol of Kneginec, were granted by Andrew as a symbol of justice for the people who cared and helped him during his imprisonment. The two crowns refer to the two Royal brothers. The recently adopted symbols are simplification of the previously unofficially used coat of arms.
Željko Heimer & Miroslav Bubnjarić, 19 August 2004
Former symbols of Gornji Kneginec - Images by Željko Heimer, 24 July 2003
The first symbols of Gornji Kneginec were prescribed by Decision Odluka o opisu i uporabi grba i zastave Općine Gornji Kneginec, adopted on 10 October 1995 by the Municipality Assembly.
The flag is made of five horizontal stripes red and white with the coat of arms set in canton. The five-striped flag was inspired by the similar flags of the Town of Varaždin and of Varaždin County. Unfortunately, this was against the regulations and was not approved by the Ministry.
The coat of arms is "Gules on a mount vert a tower embattled argent with a barred window sable from that is issuing a hand proper holding scales or, in chief a crown or and overall a wreath dexter three mais ears or and sinister a vine branch or".
The municipality found out an appropriate way what to do with these old symbols, which were given to the local folklore society that shall continue to use them and thus preserve in a lively way a bit of the history.
Željko Heimer & Marko Vitez, 16 October 2005