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Description of the flag
Left Azure, Right Gules. Billet of Gold. Three fesses coupe of Silver.
The proportions between azure and gules is 2:3. The silver fesses run to about one third of the azure. The golden billet is hanging in the middle between the upper fess and the hoist.
Franc van Diest. 1 Feb 2001
There is an enclave of Belgium in the south-central Netherlands. This enclave is called Baarle-Hertog. But, in fact, there isn't just one enclave in this tiny area. There are lots of them here. There are Dutch enclaves in Belgian enclaves which are themselves in the Dutch territory -- a Macedonian salad, as we say in French. Consider that there are two main enclaves: Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau, of Belgium and Netherlands, respectively. If you want to have more information, I suggest you have a look in the Winkler Prins Encyclopedia, at the articles Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau. I have copied a little map of the town, where there are very tiny enclaves -- just the place to put a flag. This encyclopedia is in Dutch.
Pascal Vagnat, 22 February 1996
Because some enclaves are very tiny (there are boundaries across houses!) they found a way to identify where the Belgian and Dutch parts are. Next to every front door there is painted a little.... (yes).... flag! If the front door is on Belgian territory the flag is a Belgian tricolour, and if the front door is on Dutch territory the flag is the Dutch tricolour.
Mark Sensen, 22 February 1996