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City of Cuxhaven (Cuxhaven County, Lower Saxony, Germany)

Stadt Cuxhaven

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[City of Cuxhaven (Cuxhaven County, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon

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Cuxhaven was never part of Bremen. It was part of the Free City of Hamburg till 1937 and became then part of the Prussian province of Hanover and therefore 1946 part of the federal state of Lower Saxony.

Kai A. Hamm, 23 June 2000


The flag of Cuxhaven is white-red with the arms. Sources: Stadler 1970 and Keyser 1939-1974. Also the image at this flagseller's website the writing Cuxhaven and the extra border around the arms are probably just artistic license. Cuxhaven belonged to Hamburg until 1937 (an outpost at the mouth of the Elbe similarly to Bremerhaven in Bremen). The white-red of the flag are the colours of Hamburg.

Stefan Schwoon, 31 March 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms have been in use since 1913 and show the important local beacon. The beacon was built in 1718. The base of the shield symbolises the Elbe river and the North Sea. The city is an important harbour and is dependent on fisheries and shipping.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.

Santiago Dotor, 26 March 2002

Probably Mistaken Flag

[Cuxhaven, probably mistaken flag (Cuxhaven County, Lower Saxony, Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

There is a previous flag for Cuxhaven at the FOTW website: eight stripes blue and white with two rows of black and white squares at the hoist. I haven't found any information about this flag. Are we sure that it represents Cuxhaven?

Stefan Schwoon, 31 March 2001

I have always found the alleged flag of Cuxhaven in FOTW far too similar to the flag of neighbouring Norderney. I wonder if this was a misunderstanding by Jaume Ollé at any point?

Santiago Dotor, 2 April 2001