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Zaandijk (The Netherlands)

Zaanstad municipality, Noord-Holland province

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[Zaandijk flag] by Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2005
adopted 12 Dec 1962 See also:

Zaandijk former municipality

Zaandijk is a former municipality in Noord-Holland province. In 1974 it merged into the new municipality of Zaanstad.
Flag: white with a red cross; in top hoist the municipal arms.
adopted 12 Dec 1962
Arms: quartered: first and fourth argent a lion rampant gules; second and third gules a lion rampant argent.
Granted 22 Oct 1817
The coat of arms is derived from the shield of the "banne" (area?) Westsanen en Crommenie, which in its turn was from the bailiff Jan van Blois. All Zaankanter municipalities had arms like this.

Nickname: "Krentekakkers" - the Zaandijkers were considered to be very avaricious. Hence the following rhime:

Op Zaandoik der benne ze roik
Deer ete ze roist met krente
Maar as op zundag de hoisbaas komt
Dan hebbe ze gien cente

At Zaandijk they are rich
They eat roice with currants
But when on Sunday the landlord arroives
They don't have any cents

Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentevlaggen en Wapens Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Hoide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2005

Zaandijk CoA

[Zaandijk CoA] by Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2005
Granted 22 Oct 1817