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Munich County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)

Landkreis München

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[Munich County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)] 5:2
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 4th July 1974, coat-of-arms adopted 3rd April 1957

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Blue-white-blue with the arms. The flag is described in the county website. Arms from Stadler 1964-1971. (...) München County had no flag before the 1972 municipal reform, but kept its arms and adopted a flag after it.

Stefan Schwoon, 11 February and 9 July 2001

Both vertical and horizontal versions are legally correct, but we can confirm (through Marcus Schmöger's and my own observations) that the vertical variants are the ones in actual use.

Stefan Schwoon, 24 September 2001

Adopted 04.07.1974, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website. From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on April 3, 1957 and confirmed on August 18, 1972. The dexter part shows the arms of Bavaria, mainly as the county is made up of several old territories (Ämter) in the Kingdom of Bavaria. The sinister part simply shows the colours of the city of München. The wavy bend symbolises the Isar river.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.

Santiago Dotor, 15 November 2001

Horizontal Variant

[Munich County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 4th July 1974, coat-of-arms adopted 3rd April 1957

Municipal Flags

The county Munich (Landkreis München) comprises 29 municipalities around the city of Munich not including the city itself which has county rights on its own. The book Landkreis München, 1979, issued by the county itself lists flags for some of the municipalities. As usually with Bavarian civic flags, only the colours are given, the exact usage (with or without arms, hanging or horizontal flag format etc.) is not specified. Even though I live in Munich, I haven't had the opportunity to look for the flags in the villages yet, since they are only flown at special occasions, or on the general flag days. The book lists the following:

Even in the cases where the arms are not specially mentioned I would guess that they are often used. I have no information about the other municipalities at this time.

Stefan Schwoon, 2 April 2001