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Lippe County (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Kreis Lippe

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[Lippe County (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag and coat-of-arms adopted 17th July 1973

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Lippe was a state on its own until 1946 when it was integrated into the newly created North Rhine-Westphalia. The present-day county coincides with the state. The arms of Lippe, the rose, are part of the state arms of Northrhine-Westphalia. The flag and banner of Lippe are specified in the statutes, available at the county website:

Hauptsatzung des Kreises Lippe vom 25.10.1999
Wappen, Dienstsiegel, Flagge und Banner (1) Der Kreis führt folgendes Wappen: In Silber (weiss) eine rote fünfblätterige Rose mit goldenen (gelben) Butzen und goldenen (gelben) Kelchblättern. Eine Darstellung ist als Anlage beigefügt. (...)
(3) Der Kreis führt eine Flagge mit den Farben gelb und rot, längsgestreift, mit dem zur Stange verschobenen Kreiswappen sowie ein Banner mit den Farben gelb und rot, längsgestreift mit dem Kreiswappen in der oberen Hälfte.
According to these statutes, the flags bear the shield with the coat of arms. A different variant with only the rose is also in use.

Stefan Schwoon, 5 February 2001

Flag adopted 17.07.1973, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website. From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on July 17, 1973. The arms are based on the old arms of the Princes and State of Lippe. The number of 16 pollen grains in the rose symbolises the 16 municipalities in the county.

Literature: Linder and Olzog 1996 [loz96].

Santiago Dotor, 25 October 2001

It is because Lippe was a state of its own until 1946, that its arms is also to be seen in the arms of North Rhine-Westphalia and thus also in the state flag of North Rhine-Westphalia, which has the arms in centre.

Elias Granqvist, 6 February 2001

Hanging Flag


[Lippe County hanging flag (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)]
by Stefan Schwoon

Flag Variants

[Lippe County, variant with no shield, centred rose (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5      [Lippe County, variant with no shield, offset rose (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5
both by Stefan Schwoon

A different variant with only the rose is also in use. A sketch of it can be seen on the county website.

Stefan Schwoon, 5 February 2001

Today I saw on television a World Cup mass-start race which took place in Oberhof (Germany). (...) A supporter standing near the arrival waved a horizontally divided yellow-red flag with a red rose in the middle, but skewed to the hoist, like on the official flag (but with no shield).

Ivan Sache, 12 January 2002