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Overbetuwe (The Netherlands)

Gelderland province

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[Overbetuwe flag] Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 29 Jan 2002 Other Overbetuwe pages: See also:

Overbetuwe municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 40.213; area: 115,00 km². Settlements: Elst (seat), Andelst, Driel, Hemmen, Herveld, Heteren, Homoet, Oosterhout (part), Randwijk, Slijk-Ewijk, Valburg, Zetten
The Overbetuwe municipality is the result of a merger on 1 Jan 2001 of the former municipalities of Elst, Heteren and Valburg. It is most notable for its fruit-trees and horticulture, and of course the "vierdaagse van Nijmegen", the 4 days of 40 km distance walking happening, which always passes through Elst.
The flag was adopted on 29 Jan 2002
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jun 2003

Overbetuwe CoA

[Overbetuwe CoA] image from the Overbetuwe municipal website.

Granted 28 Nov 2001
The left half (azure - yellow chessboard and ermine canton) refers to the CoA of Hemmen, an element of the CoA of Valburg.
The red tower in the yellow right half refers to the two castles of Heteren: the Nijburg (halfway between Randwijk and Heteren) and the "Roode Toren" (Red Tower) between Heteren and Driel.
The center of the CoA has been reserved for Saint Werenfridus, a remarkable element of the CoA of Elst. It pictures the coffin of the patron saint of Elst, who floats to his last resting place in Elst.

Elst [former municipality]

Elst municipality

Elst is nearly synonymous with 'fruit of the Betuwe'. It is between the big cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen and gets once every year attention by the 4-days walk ('Vierdaagse')
The flag is a combination of the Dutch RWB and the Gelderland BYN <which is a pity; on the municipal CoA is a coffin, representing St. Werenfridus, the patron saint of Elst and Westervoort, floating on the water>
Jarig Bakker, 21 September 1999

Heteren [former municipality]

Heteren municipality Shipmate Flagchart :

Heteren is southwest of Arnhem in the eastern Betuwe.
The old flag was horizontal RYB, derived from the municipal CoA. To make the superficial observer completely aware of that the CoA has been put on the new flag.
Jarig Bakker, 29 September 1999

Heteren Historical flag

Old flag of Heteren Shipmate Flagchart :