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Veenwouden (The Netherlands)
Dantumadeel municipality, Fryslân province
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Veenwouden village (Feanwâlden)Veenwouden (we say: Fynwâlden, official Frisian name: Feanwâlden) is a village between Dokkum and Leeuwarden, on the railway Leeuwarden-Groningen.
Veenwouden CoA: in gold a red closed castle ("stins") with a blue hipped roof, in chief with two alderleaves; a base longitudinal chequy of silver and black (peat-blocks), in seven by five rows .
Flag: Five stripes yellow - red - white - green - yellow, proportioned 9:16:50:16:9. The white stripes charged with five lying peat-blocks, placed two on top, three below, each peat-block with a height of 4/25 flagheight and with a length of 1/5 flaglength, reaching from hoist to fly.
The CoA is based on the village-name (veen = peatgrounds). The base points at the peat (like in the arms of the veen-polderboards). The castle is the still standing "Skierstins" (grey castle). The alderleaves symbolize the "Friese Wouden" in this part of the former division of Oostergo, which is the transition from the forests to the peat-grounds north of Veenwouden. Two leaves, because Veenwouden consists of two former villages: Eslawâld and Sint Johanneswâld; all in the colors of the municipal arms of Dantumadeel.
The flag is derived from the village arms.
Design: R.J. Broersma, member of the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1990.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Aug 2003
Veenwouden CoA image from Ralf Hartemink's site.