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Norderney Island (Aurich County, East Frisia, Lower Saxony, Germany)

Norderney City, Stadt Norderney

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[Norderney Island, 'lesser' flag (East Frisia, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
Lesser Flag
by Jorge Candeias
Flag adopted 1928



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Introduction

Norderney is one of the Frisian Islands, a few kilometers off the North Sea coast of Germany.

Pascal Vagnat, 8 March 1999

The term Watteninsel does not refer to Norderney's legal status, but to its geology. The Frisian Islands are sandbars, and I have read that in the last eight hundred years they have lost ninety per cent of their area.

John Ayer, 18 July 2000

Norderney is a Watteninsel. It is at the same time an island and a municipality. It is one of the rare municipalities in Germany which has two different flags, the lesser flag and the greater flag. (...) The greater flag is today the service flag of the municipality of Norderney, but is less used than the lesser flag which is well known by the inhabitants of the island. The two flags were adopted in 1928. (...) It should be noted that these two flags are the flags of the municipality. There is no administrative unit like a council for the island, but only a council for the municipality. Source: van Heijnigen 1998 [available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website].

Pascal Vagnat, 8 March 1999


Lesser Flag

[Norderney Island, 'lesser' flag (East Frisia, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Jorge Candeias
Flag adopted 1928

The lesser flag shows six horizontal stripes alternatively blue and white with two vertical stripes at the hoist striped in black and white. Each of the squares thus formed has a width equal to 1/6th of the width of the flag. (...) The similarity of the flag with the one of Bremen is pure coincidence. Source: van Heijnigen 1998 [available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website].

Pascal Vagnat, 8 March 1999


Greater Flag

[Norderney Island, 'greater' flag (East Frisia, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Santiago Dotor, based on the image in van Heijnigen 1998
Flag adopted 1928

The greater flag also has six horizontal stripes alternatively blue and white with the coat of arms of the commune near the hoist. The coat of arms is white with two blue wavy lines at the bottom from which comes a dune with a landmark in black. The coat of arms was granted on 10th July 1928 by the Prussian State Ministry and was drawn by the local artist Poppo Folkerts. In 1951 the blue colour of the coat of arms was changed to white. The greater flag is today the service flag of the municipality of Norderney, but is less used than the lesser flag which is well known by the inhabitants of the island. Source: van Heijnigen 1998 [available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website].

Pascal Vagnat, 8 March 1999

This island has two flags, a greater and a lesser flag. The greater flag consists of six blue and white stripes with the coat of arms. Apart from van Heijnigen 1998, the flag is also described in both Stadler 1964-1972 and Keyser 1939-1974. None of the sources mentions the size of the arms, i.e. how many stripes should it cover so my picture is slightly uncertain. Sources: van Heijnigen 1998, arms from Stadler 1964-1972.

Stefan Schwoon, 27 March 2001

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