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image by Elias Granqvist
The flag is a banner of the arms;
arms granted in 1611, revised grant on 18 June 1949.
The wildman as a sign for of Lapland was first used at the time of the coronation of Carl IX in 1607, and it was used as arms for Lapland at the king's funeral in 1612. The Swedish part of Lapland originally had the same arms as the part of Lapland in Finland, but since Lapland was split in two due to Sweden's los of Finland in 1809, the arms of the two parts of Lapland have eventually come to have different tinctures.
Sources: · Clara Nevéus & Bror-Jacques de Wærn: Ny svensk vapenbok,
1992 [sch67] p. 10, [nev92]
Elias Granqvist, 19 December 2001
Official blazon in Swedish: "I fält av silver en stående röd vildman med grön björklövskrans på huvudet och kring länderna, hållande i höger hand en på axeln vilande klubba av guld."
Blazoned in English: "Argent a Wildman stantant Gules wrapped with birch leaves
Vert on the head and around the waist holding a Club Or in dexter over the shoulder."
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 4 October 2000