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erroneous flag: Weng bei Admont, Steiermark (Austria)

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This  is not a flag!

by Jorge Candeias, 7 September 1999

Coat of arms and possible flag of Weng bei Admont at: http://www.weng.at (coat of arms on flag looks different)
Jarig Bakker 10 May 1999

Weng bei Admont has barely 600 inhabitants. The web site quoted above indicate the community arms are not flanked by a flag but by the arms of Styria, inserted into the colours of Austria with the common mistake of vertical bars. This emblem is nothing but a graphic artist’s decoration of the village homepage.
Peter Diem, 16 August 2002

I made this image, with a rather sketchy coat of arms, but I don't believe it is real. To start with, as Jarig said, the coat of arms on the flag looks different from the coat of arms on the web-page. Furthermore, the coat of arms on the flag looks suspiciously similar to the coat of arms of Styria: an ogival shield crowned by an ducal crown and featuring a white panther on green. So this "flag" might be simply the Styrian coat of arms on a drawing using the Austrian colours, since the Styrian flag is white over green. 
Jorge Candeias
7 September 1999

The flag in dispute displays the Styrian coat-of-arms on the colours of the Austrian national flag but the stripes are vertical instead of horizontal. This "flag" was made up by the Austrian tourist agency, and exists in several different versions. Each version displays the coat-of-arms of the part of Austria it is used in. The idea behind it is to ensure an easy recognition of Austrian tourist areas in advertisement.
Mario Landgraf, 15 February 2001

Frequently, images found on the world wide web, are considered flags by some people, however with insufficient foundation. In many occasions these are just logos or other web-related graphics. Examples are the so-called "municipal flags" of Schladming and Weng bei Admont (both in Styria, Austria). 
These examples should be a serious warning to all those who seek the web for flag images: Don't be too sure that what you have found is a flag!
Marcus Schmöger 17 August 2003


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