This page is part of © FOTW Flags Of The World website

Virovitica-Podravina County (Croatia)

Virovitičko-podravska županija

Last modified: 2012-03-26 by ivan sache
Keywords: virovitica-podravina county | viroviticko-podravska zupanija | star: 6 points (yellow) | marten | anchor (yellow) | slavonia | patacic | star: 6 point (white) | anchor (white) |
Links: FOTW homepage | search | disclaimer and copyright | write us | mirrors



[County flag]

Flag of Virovitica-Podravina County - Image by Željko Heimer, 15 December 2008


See also:


Presentation of Virovitica-Podravina County

Virovitica-Podravina County is situated in the northwestern part of Slavonia, south of river Drava. Virovitica was the seat of an ancient County from the Middle Ages, but the region was occupied by the Turks and held for almost 200 years. It was liberated in the early 18th century - 21 July 1718 is counted as the Liberation Day of Slavonia. The reestablished county of Virovitica (German: Virovititz; Hungarian: Veröce) covered a much larger region along Drava than today, reaching the Danube on the eastern end and including the towns of Đakovo and Osijek.

Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000


Flag of Virovitica-Podravina County

The symbols of Virovitica-Podravina County are prescribed by Decision Odluka o izmjenama Odluke o grbu i zastavi Županije Virovitičko-podravske, adopted on 29 August 1996 by the County Assembly and published on 30 August 1996 in the County official gazette Službeni glasnik Županije virovitičko-podravske, No. 5.
Decision Odluka o uporabi grba i zastave Virovitičko-podravske županije, published on 28 March 2003 in Službeni glasnik Virovitičko-podravske županije, No. 1, regulates the use of the coat of arms and the flag. This was amended by Decision Odluka o izmjenama Odluke o uporabi grba i zastave Virovitičko-podravske županije, adopted on 24 August 2009 by the County Assembly and published on 25 August 2009 in Službeni glasnik Virovitičko-podravske županije, No. 8 (text).
The symbols are described in the County Statutes Statut Virovitičko-podravske županije, adopted on 21 December 2001 by the County Assembly and published on 22 December 2001 in Službeni glasnik Virovitičko-podravske županije, No. 8. Amendment Izmjene i dopune Statuta Virovitičko-podravske županije, adopted on 2 July 2009 by the County Assembly and published on 3 July 2009 in Službeni glasnik Virovitičko-podravske županije, No. 6 (text), has Article 4 completed with "the County Mayor is to grant use of the coat of arms and the flag to legal persons in promotion of the interest of the County".
This is repeated in the consolidated County Statutes Statut Virovitičko-podravske županije (pročišćeni tekst), adopted on 17 May 2010 by the County Assembly and published on 18 May 2010 in Službeni glasnik Virovitičko-podravske županije, No. 3 (text).

The flag is prescribed in the Decision as follows: "The flag in proportions 1:2, blue-white-blue with a yellow/golden bordered County's coat of arms in the middle."
The shade of blue is not specified; according to a County official, light blue is used.

Željko Heimer, 31 October 2011


Coat of arms of Virovitica-Podravina County

[County coat of arms]

Coat of arms of Virovitica-Podravina County - Image by Željko Heimer, 15 December 2008

The coat of arms of Virovitica-Podravina County is prescribed in the aforementioned Decision as follows: "On a red shield between two white/silver bars a running marten, in chief a yellow/golden six-pointed star, in base a yellow/golden anchor."
The coat of arms now differs from the old pattern only in the colours of the field between the two rivers and of the anchor.

Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000


Former symbols of Virovitica-Podravina County, 1994-1996

[County former flag]         [County former flag]

Former flag and arms of Virovitica-Podravina County - Images by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000

The first modern symbols of Virovitica-Podravina County were prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Županije Virovitičko-podravske, adopted on 27 May 1994 by the County Assembly and published on 28 May 1994 in Službeni glasnik Županije virovitičko-podravske, No. 3.

Article 12 prescribes the flag as follows:

The flag of the County is rectangular and blue. The ratio of the width to the length of the flag are 2:3. In the middle of the flag there is the coat of arms of the County. The height of the flag is equal to the sum of the height and the width of the coat of arms.

Article 10 prescribes the coat of arms as follows:

The coat of arms of the County is rectangular with the lower side rounded-off with a point in the middle. It is divided in four horizontal fields ordered red, white, green and red. The first two fields are bar-shaped, while the other two are of irregular shape. In the upper red field there is in the middle a six-pointed white star in size 1/5 of the width of the coat of arms, while in the green field there is a black marten running towards the left side of the coat of arms. The ratio of the red and green field in respect to the coat of arms height is 1:3, while the white field is 1/10 of the coat of arms' width. The coat of arms, the fields and the star are outlined in black.

The symbols were probably rejected by the Committee of the Ministry of Administration for two reasons, oversimplification of the historical original arms and one-colored flag. The symbols were not very much seen in public and were relatively soon superseded by a new set.

Željko Heimer, 31 October 2011


Historical symbols of Virovitica County

Coat of arms of Virovitica County, 1746

[Former County arms]

Coat of arms of Virovitica County, 1746 - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000

The coat of arms of Virovitica County was granted on 16 May 1746 by Maria Theresa and validated by the Imperial and Royal Office in Vienna. The coat of arms is: "Gules, on a fess vert bordered with two bars argent a marten passant proper, in chief a mullet [of six] or and in base an anchor in bend of the third. Crowned with a Royal crown. Supporters, dexter an eagle regardant sable beaked and membered or langued gules, sinister a lion regardant or, langued gules. Compartment, a board argent." The coat of arms combines the medieval arms of the Kingdom of Slavonia and the arms of family Patačić de Zajezda. Ljudevit Patačić was installed in 1745 as the County superior officer (supremus commes or veliki župan).

Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000


Flag of Virovitica County, 1790

[Former County flag]

Flag of Virovitica County, 1790 - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000

The County was briefly disbanded in 1785, but reestablished in 1790. From that year is preserved a flag in the Croatian History Museum. The flag is a red, vertically hoisted banner with proportions c. 3:1. In the middle of the field is the shield of the coat of arms, crowned, and with inscriptions in golden letters in arch, above "PRO: DEO: REGE: ET: LEGE" (For God, King and Law) and below "MDCCLXXXX" (1790, the year of the reestablishment of the County and of production of the flag).
The administrative reorganization in 1886 had little effect on the Virovitica County and the coat of arms was continued to be used. There is no evidence if the flag (at that time almost 100 years old) continued to be used, or if there was any used at all. With the desintegration of Austria-Hungary after the First World War, the county system was disbanded, and the symbols, of course, went into disuse.

Željko Heimer, 20 August 2000


Cavalry standard of Virovitica County, 1790

[Cavalry flag]

Cavalry standard of Virovitica County, 1790 - Image by courtesy of Jelena Borošak-Marijanović, Croatian History Museum (website)

Light brown silk, braids, wood, brass, embroidery. 58 x 97 cm, length of staff 199 cm.
A cavalry standard made of double silk, edged with fringes. The centre of the flag field on both sides holds the embroidered coat of arms of the Virovitica County. Above the coat of arms the embroidered motto reads "PRO: DEO: REGE: ET: LEGE" (For God, King and Law), and below the coat of arms the year "MDCCLXXXX" (1790). The flagstaff, similar to a tournament lance, ends with a heart-shaped finial.

Source: Jelena Borošak-Marijanović, Zastave kroz stoljeca [bor96]