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image by Jan Oskar Engene, 14 May 1996
Kuldiga is a Hanseatic town of 15.000 inhabitants in Latvia (Semigallia/Courland), 160 km west of Riga. The flag was adopted in 1992. It is dark red over black with a white wheel in the centre. Martins Heimrats was the designer. I do not know whether the colours mean anything, but the dark red is perhaps intended to be the same as in Latvia's national flag. Kuldiga's arms show a woman, St. Catherine, in silver. In her left hand she is holding a sword, in her right a wheel. St. Catherine is Kuldiga's patron, and the wheel is her symbol.
Jan Oskar Engene, 14 May 1996