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Rhein-Erft-Kreis County (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Rhein-Erft-Kreis, until 1st November 2003 Erftkreis County

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[Rhein-Erft-Kreis County (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5 | stripes 1+4+1
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag and coat-of-arms adopted 20th April 1976

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[Flag horizontally] divided black-dark yellow-black in proportions 1:4:1, the arms shifted to the hoist. Source: Erich Dieter Linder, Die Flaggen deutscher Landkreise (Flags of German counties), in Der Flaggenkurier no. 2, 1996, pp. 4-10. [I used the] arms found in Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website, original source is Nagel 1986. Adopted 20.04.1976, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website.

Stefan Schwoon, 6 February 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on April 20, 1976. The arms show the lion of Jülich and the cross of Köln. The former county Bergheim was mainly a territory owned by the counts of Jülich in former times, whereas the [former] county Köln was ruled by the bishops of that city. The wavy fess in the upper part represents the Erft, the small river that gives the county its name.

Literature: R. Nagel, Rheinisches Wappenbuch [Rhenanian Armorial], Köln, 1986.

Santiago Dotor, 26 October 2001

Erftkreis county has been renamed to Rhein-Erft-Kreis county, effective 1.11.2003. Source: county website.

Stefan Schwoon, 8 December 2003

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