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Buren (The Netherlands)
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Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
Buren municipalityNumber of inhabitants: 26.000; area: 136,34 km². Settlements: Asch, Beusichem, Buren, Eck en Wiel, Erichem, Ingen, Kerk-Avezaath, Lienden (seat), Maurik, Ommeren, Ravenswaaij, Rijswijk, Zoelen en Zoelmond.
In 1974 Beusichem was incorporated in Buren; on 1 Jan 1999 Buren merged with Lienden and Maurik to form the new municipality of Buren.
The modern municipality is in the Betuwe region, western Gelderland, in one of the most beautiful Dutch landscapes (especially in spring). The tiny city of Buren is an old fortified town and at the end of the Middle Ages the center of a large county, which Prince William the Silent acquired by marriage in the 16th century. Queen Wilhelmina used to travel incognito as Countess van Buren (as does the probable future king Willem Alexander van Buren.)
The present flag (adopted 18 May 1999) is derived from the CoA (which was part of the CoA of William the Silent) and symbolizes the castle of Buren. And so did the old flag, (which was adopted after 1962 and wappered in Buren until 1999), included also in this message.
Jarig Bakker, 12 September 1999
Buren [Former Municipality] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
Adopted 1 May 1979
Buren old CoA image from this website.
Granted 14 Sep 1978
Beusichem [former municipality] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
Adopted 28 Jun 1954
Beusichem CoA image from this website.
Granted 20 Jul 1816
Lienden [former municipality] Gerard van der Vaart - Shipmate : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
Lienden CoA image from this website.
Granted 17 Jul 1947
Maurik [former municipality] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
Adopted 23 Nov 1962
Maurik CoA image from this website.
Granted 1 Nov 1938