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Coevorden (The Netherlands)

Drenthe province

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municipality of Coevorden Derkwillem Visser jr. - VDCN.
adopted on 13 July 1999

See also:

Coevorden municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 35.998; area: 300,00 km². Settlements: Coevorden (seat), Aalden, Achterste Erm, Ballast, Benneveld, Bovensteenwijksmoer, Dalen, Dalerpeel, Dalerveen, De Bente, De Haar, De Haar, De Kiel, De Mars, Den Hool, Diphoorn, Eldijk, Erm, Gees, Geesbrug, Grevenberg, 't Haantje, Holsloot, Hoogehaar, Kibbelveen, Klooster, Langerak, Meppen, Nieuwe Krim, Nieuwlande (ged), Noord-Sleen, Oosterhesselen, Padhuis, Pikveld, Schimmelarij, Schoonoord, Sleen, Steenwijksmoer, Stieltjeskanaal, Valsteeg, Veenhuizen, Vlieghuis, Vossebelt, Wachtum, Weijerswold, Wezup, Wezuperbrug, Zweeloo, Zwinderen
Coevorden at present comprises the former municipalities of Coevorden, Zweelo, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Dalen. Vancouver is said to have derived its name from Coevorden I have been told, but I don't know the source anymore.
Jarig Bakker, 26 July 1999.

The merger took place on 1 Jan 1998, and the new flag was adopted on 13 July 1999.
Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001.


Coevorden CoA

[Coevorden CoA] image from the Coevorden municipal website.

Granted 18 Aug 2000. The scroll reads (in Latin): Multis Periculis Supersum - Despite the many dangers which threatened me I still exist.


Coevorden [former municipality]

former municipality of Coevorden Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm

Adopted 2 Sep 1968


Coevorden old CoA

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Dalen [former municipality]

former municipality of Dalen Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm

Adopted 28 Aug 1973


Dalen CoA

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Oosterhesselen [former municipality]

former municipality of Oosterhesselen Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm


Oosterhesselen CoA

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Sleen [former municipality]

former municipality of Sleen Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm

Sleen is now part of Coevorden in Drenthe, Netherlands.
The municipality of Sleen instituted a municipal flag by a resolution of the municipal council of 25 June 1962. Description:
The flag is composed of five horizontal stripes of equal width, alternating white and blue. To the hoist flanked by two vertical rows of five square blocks, alternating white and blue too. The first block on the top has a red five-pointed star, derived from the flag of Drente. In that flag there are six stars, one for each 'dingspel' (old name for a municipality). Sleen was the capital of the first dingspil "Het Zuidenveld".
Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999.


Sleen CoA

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Zweeloo [former municipality]

former municipality of Zweeloo Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm

The municipal flag was designed by J. F. van Heijningen in Utrecht. Granted by decree of the High Council of Nobility on 26 July 1988 #88/242-28. The flag has been adopted as official municipal flag on 14 November 1988. Description:
Three horizontal stripes green-yellow-green related 1:4:1 with on the yellow stripe at 1/3 flaglenth two black concentric circles, each wide about 7/200 of the total height of the flag; the rings with external diameters of respectively 80/200 and 52/200 of the height of the flag and on it a red, double cross of snakeheads with arms, of which the width is equal to 9/100 of the flagheight and a total height, which is equal to 3/5 flagheight.
Explanation:
The yellow stripe with rings and cross mirror exactly the municipal arms. The COA has been shifted a little to the hoist. They symbolize the word 'LOO', meaning 'WOOD'. Zweeloo is situated in a beautiful wooded region. To maintain the balance in the flag a green stripe has been added to the top and the bottom. In that way the location of Zweeloo in a wooded area has been expressed. The flag has been officially unveiled on 20 May 1989 by the Mayor, Mr. J. Jonkers.

Additional info from Kl. Sierksma's 'De gemeentewapens van Nederland', 1968:
'The double ring reminds of the ringurnfield near the 'Galgenberg' (Gallow mountain). The snakehead-cross is a symbol for the early settlement of Christianity in this region, which was then still a very rough country.'
The CoA and flag can also be seen at Ralf Hartemink's BNG-site:
http://www.bng.nl/ngw/z/zweelo.htm
With the following (IMHO better) explanation of the snakeheadcross: 'The cross in the Coat of Arms symbolizes Christianity, which arrived here quite early. A snakehead-cross was chosen to symbolize the marshy condition of the soil.'

Still: this flag would be quite fitting for Nagaland!

Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999.


Zweeloo CoA

See Ralf Hartemink's site.


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