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Gaasterlân-Sleat (The Netherlands)
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adopted 6 May 1985
Gaasterlân-Sleat municipalityNumber of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 10.261; area: 209,29 km². Settlements: Bakhuizen, Balk (seat), Elahuizen, Harich, Kolderwolde, Mirns, Nijemirdum, Oudega, Oudemirdum, Rijs, Ruigahuizen, Sloten, Sondel, Wijckel
The tiny city of Sloten/Sleat has merged with the municipality of Gaasterland/Gaasterlân in 1984, along with part on Himmelumer Âldeferd. It's in southwest Friesland along the IJsselmeer and the municipality is one of the most beautiful regions of Fryslân.
The hare on the flag has been derived from the CoA of Gaasterland, while the pinnacled wall was from the old CoA of Sloten, which still has 5 bulwarks (bolwerken). Flag adopted 6 May 1985.
Jarig Bakker, 25 August 1999
Gaasterlân-Sleat CoA image from the Gaasterlân-Sleat municipal website.
Granted 28 Jan 1986
Sleat [former municipality] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
Sloten - Sleat is the smallest Frisian city (c. 700 inh.). Parts of its old ramparts and two gates have been retained and it is one of the cosiest watersport centers in southeast Friesland. Now part of Gaasterlân-Sleat, since 5 June 1985.
The flag was adopted 12 September 1957, derived from the CoA. The pinnacles symbolize the 5 former bulwarks. On the CoA is a castle ('slot') and two keys, symbolizing two locks ('sloten'); the blue part of the flag are for a fin of a key, so that the flag has retained the canting. The flag is still in use, seen the importance of the 11 cities in Friesland.
Jarig Bakker, 30 October 1999