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Heide County (Germany)

Heidekreis, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2019-12-31 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Heidekreis county flag] 3:5  image by Jörg Majewski, 8 Jan 2008
flag adopted 2 April 1979 See also:

Heide County

The former Soltau-Fallingbostel County was renamed to Heidekreis on 1 August 2011 by approvement of the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony.
Jörg Majewski, 8 Jan 2008

Heide County Flag

It is a blue-yellow horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Jörg Majewski, 8 Jan 2008

Heide County Coat of Arms

[Heidekreis county arms] image by Jörg Majewski, 8 Jan 2008

Shield parted per fess, above Or a lion passant Azure armed and tongued Gules, beneath Azure a dolmen Or.
In 1977 the former counties of Soltau and Fallingbostel merged.The seat of the new county is Bad Fallingbostel. The upper part shows the lion from the arms of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, who ruled the area for many centuries. The lion is also part of the arms of the city and of the former county of Soltau. The cross in base of the old Soltau County arms is derived from the arms of the Bishopric of Verden, as in the Middle Ages a large part of the county was owned by the bishops. The dolmen is taken from the arms of former Fallingbostel County, where it was however black on a white chief in an elsewhere plain green shield.
Sources: Ralf Hartemink's webpage, Stadler 1964,pp.33, 84 and Klaus-Michael Schneider: "Gemeindeflaggen im Heidekreis", published in Flaggenkurier No.37, pp.2-9
Jarig Bakker, 8 Jan 2008 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Dec 2019

Flag and arms were adopted by former Soltau-Fallingbostel County on 2 April 1979 and kept by heide County in 2011. The old arms of Soltau County were approved on 19 April 1934.

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