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Lahn-Dill County (Hesse, Germany)


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[Lahn-Dill County (Hesse, Germany)] by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 12th March 1981, coat-of-arms adopted 4th August 1980

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A vertical flag, quartered yellow-blue with the arms. The flag is shown in an article by Erich Dieter Linder, Die Flaggen deutscher Landkreise (Flags of German counties), in Der Flaggenkurier no. 2, 1996, pp. 4-10. The arms are based on H.-E. Korn, Hessische Kreis- und Gemeindewappen, Schriften des Hessischen Staatsarchivs Marburg no 1. Marburg, 1984, found at Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website. Adopted 12.03.1981, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website.

Stefan Schwoon, 5 February 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on August 4, 1980. The eagle is taken from the arms of the former district of Wetzlar, the lower half from the arms of the Dillkreis.

Literature: Korn, 1984.

The arms [of Wetzlar] showed in the upper part the Imperial Eagle, as a symbol for the former imperial estate Kalsmunt and imperial city of Wetzlar.

The arms [of Dillkreis] were a combination of the arms of Nassau (lion) and Orange (Horn). The area around Dillenburg was the centre of the County of Nassau since the 11th century. Later it was the capital of the Orange-Nassau branch. The Princes of Orange-Nassau later became the Dutch Royal family. William of Nassau-Dillenburg, Stadhouder (governor) of the Netherlands, inherited in the 16th century the principality of Orange in the south of France.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.

Santiago Dotor, 25 October 2001

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