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Hilversum (The Netherlands)
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adopted 4 Mar 1958
Hilversum municipalityNumber of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 83.096; area: 46,19 km². Settlements: Hilversum (seat).
The yellow items on the flag are grains of buckwheat. In olden times this was heather-country, in which many sheep grazed. On sheep-dung buckwheat is florishing, and that was the staple food of the old Hilversumers. Since the beginning of the 20th century no buckwheat, heather or sheep can be found here, except perhaps in radio- and TV-studios. See also Bussum.
The CoA was already known in the 17th century.
Hilversum CoA image from Ralf Hartemink's site.
Granted 22 Oct 1817.