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Coevorden (The Netherlands)

Drenthe province

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municipality of Coevorden Eugene Ipavec
adopted on 13 July 1999

See also:

Coevorden municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 35.998; area: 300,00 km². Settlements: Coevorden (seat), Aalden, Achterste Erm, Ballast, Benneveld, Bovensteenwijksmoer, Dalen, Dalerpeel, Dalerveen, De Bente, De Haar, De Haar, De Kiel, De Mars, Den Hool, Diphoorn, Eldijk, Erm, Gees, Geesbrug, Grevenberg, 't Haantje, Holsloot, Hoogehaar, Kibbelveen, Klooster, Langerak, Meppen, Nieuwe Krim, Nieuwlande (ged), Noord-Sleen, Oosterhesselen, Padhuis, Pikveld, Schimmelarij, Schoonoord, Sleen, Steenwijksmoer, Stieltjeskanaal, Valsteeg, Veenhuizen, Vlieghuis, Vossebelt, Wachtum, Weijerswold, Wezup, Wezuperbrug, Zweeloo, Zwinderen
Coevorden at present comprises the former municipalities of Coevorden, Zweelo, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Dalen. Vancouver is said to have derived its name from Coevorden I have been told, but I don't know the source anymore.
Jarig Bakker, 26 July 1999.

The merger took place on 1 Jan 1998, and the new flag was adopted on 13 July 1999.
Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001.

The good people of Coevorden have a sense of detail as witness this page presenting the municipal symbols, that is to say, the tower's brickwork, mortared blue, appears in the actual flag. Dimensions given: 1 m x 1.50 m. Flag (and arms) were designed by the Drentsch Heraldisch College (Drenthe Heraldic College).
Additional information gleaned from the description:
while the cross appears in the arms, the main colours derive from the five former municipalities' flags. The castle symbolizes the current municipal centre and the four red rectangles, the former local centres. The yellow stripes refer to the soil (sand), to the spear and staff, and - together with the blue cross - to industrial activity. Furthermore the yellow stripes represent roads and railway tracks; the blue cross also symbolizes local waterways.
Jan Martens7 Jan 2011

Coevorden Coat of Arms

[Coevorden Coat of Arms] image from the Coevorden municipal website.

Granted 18 Aug 2000. The scroll reads (in Latin): Multis Periculis Supersum - Despite the many dangers which threatened me I still exist.

Coevorden [former municipality]

former municipality of Coevorden Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 2 Sep 1968

Coevorden old Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Dalen [former municipality]

former municipality of Dalen Shipmate Flagchart :
Adopted 28 Aug 1973

Description: seven stripes of yellow, blue, yellow, black, yellow, blue, yellow, proportioned 5:1:1:1:1:1:5 with at ¼ flaglength a red heraldic eagle of 3/4 flagheight.

Dalen village flag

[Dalen village flag] Shipmate Flagchart :

How to make a village flag: Grab the old municipal flag, grab a tarbrush and hey presto! Dalen is since 1999 part of the municipality of Coevorden in Drenthe province. For 30 Euro one can buy the new village flag, see this webpage.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006

Dalen Coat of Arms

[Dalen Coat of Arms] image by Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006
Granted 3 Dec 1932

Description: I. Or and eagle gules; II. noir a chimney-hanger or.
The municipalities of Dalen and Schoonebeek used to belong to the Manor of Coevorden; the red eagle was its symbol, and it also signifies that Dalen and Schoonebeek formed once one municipality. Schoonebeek has the same eagle in its arms. The fire- or chimney-hanger ("vuurhaal" or "schoorsteenhaal" on the shield is derived from the arms of the ten Holte family, which gave several mayors to this municipality. The "vuurhaal" was used in many Drentse farmhouses, reminding of the Saxon influence on the nature of Drenthe rural villages.
Source: this webpage.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006

Oosterhesselen [former municipality]

former municipality of Oosterhesselen Shipmate Flagchart :


image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 May 2021

A flag can be seen at The advantage there at least is that an origin is suggested, as the village is referred to as the "Giant Village".
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 May 2021

Sleen [former municipality]

former municipality of Sleen Shipmate Flagchart :

Sleen is now part of Coevorden in Drenthe, Netherlands.
The municipality of Sleen instituted a municipal flag by a resolution of the municipal council of 25 June 1962. Description:
The flag is composed of five horizontal stripes of equal width, alternating white and blue. To the hoist flanked by two vertical rows of five square blocks, alternating white and blue too. The first block on the top has a red five-pointed star, derived from the flag of Drente. In that flag there are six stars, one for each 'dingspel' (old name for a municipality). Sleen was the capital of the first dingspil "Het Zuidenveld".
Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999.

Sleen Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Zweeloo [former municipality]

former municipality of Zweeloo Shipmate Flagchart :

The municipal flag was designed by J. F. van Heijningen in Utrecht. Granted by decree of the High Council of Nobility on 26 July 1988 #88/242-28. The flag has been adopted as official municipal flag on 14 November 1988. Description:
Three horizontal stripes green-yellow-green related 1:4:1 with on the yellow stripe at 1/3 flaglenth two black concentric circles, each wide about 7/200 of the total height of the flag; the rings with external diameters of respectively 80/200 and 52/200 of the height of the flag and on it a red, double cross of snakeheads with arms, of which the width is equal to 9/100 of the flagheight and a total height, which is equal to 3/5 flagheight.
The yellow stripe with rings and cross mirror exactly the municipal arms. The COA has been shifted a little to the hoist. They symbolize the word 'LOO', meaning 'WOOD'. Zweeloo is situated in a beautiful wooded region. To maintain the balance in the flag a green stripe has been added to the top and the bottom. In that way the location of Zweeloo in a wooded area has been expressed. The flag has been officially unveiled on 20 May 1989 by the Mayor, Mr. J. Jonkers.

Additional info from Kl. Sierksma's 'De gemeentewapens van Nederland', 1968:
'The double ring reminds of the ringurnfield near the 'Galgenberg' (Gallow mountain). The snakehead-cross is a symbol for the early settlement of Christianity in this region, which was then still a very rough country.'
The Coat of Arms and flag can also be seen at Ralf Hartemink's BNG-site:
With the following (IMHO better) explanation of the snakeheadcross: 'The cross in the Coat of Arms symbolizes Christianity, which arrived here quite early. A snakehead-cross was chosen to symbolize the marshy condition of the soil.'

Still: this flag would be quite fitting for Nagaland!

Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999.

Zweeloo Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.