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adopted 28 April 1958
Achtkarspelen municipalityPopulation (1 Jan 2003): 28.044; area: 103,98 km²; settlements: Buitenpost (seat), Augustinusga, Boelenslaan, Drogeham, Gerkesklooster-Stroobos, Harkema, Kootstertille, Surhuisterveen, Surhuizum, Twijzel, Twijzelerheide.
Achtkarspelen refers to eight 'karspels', parishes, which have been symbolized in the 8-pointed star on the flag. The municipality is in northeast Friesland, southeast of the city of Dokkum. The municipal flag - a symbolic reflection of the municipal arms - was adopted by municipal resolution on 28 April 1958.
The flag has three stripes: Red (color of the churchwalls) - white (the silver field of the shield) and green (the green base of the arms). On the wide center stripe to the hoist is an eight-pointed blue star (the eight church-spires.
Source: Kl. Sierksma, Nederlands vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].
Jarig Bakker, 18 August 1999.
Achtkarspelen CoA from the Achtkarspelen municipal website.
Granted 25 Mar 1818.
"Argent, charged with a parish-church, standing on a green base, the shield surmonté with a crown or."
The crown with de border of pearls is also known as a "regentenkroon" (regent's crown). The color of the church is not specified; at present the parish-church is usually depicted in red; Achtkarspelen has canting arms: the eight spires are related to the eight parishes (kerspels) in Achtkarspelen in 1818. They were: Augustinusga, Buitenpost, Drogeham, Kooten (now Kootstertille), Kortwoude (now a neighbourhood belonging to Surhuizum), Lutkepost (now a neighbourhood belonging to Buitenpost), Surhuizum, and Twijzel.
Source: Wapens en vlaggen in de gemeente Achtkarspelen, Buitenpost, 1999.