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Rana, Nordland (Norway)

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[Rana] image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 February 2016

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Rana is Norway's fourth largest "kommune" (municipality) with around 4400 square kilometers inhabited by some 26000 people. Most of the people live in the city Mo i Rana.
Until the 1950's, the area had very few inhabitants, with a economy based on small mines, and some use of the forest resources, but the Norwegian parliament's decision to place a national iron and steel mill in Mo changed all this, making the city grow by several hundred percent in only a few years.
Marius Helga, 7 July 2004

The coat of arms of Rana is already reported, so here is flag (and better coat of arms). Administrative center is Mo i Rana.
Tomislav Šipek, 12 February 2016

Coat of Arms

[Rana] image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 February 2016

Rana's municipality arms were drawn by Gunnar Alm. Its colours are greeen and gold, symbolizing the forest (green) on the ground and the minerals (gold) below it.
Mo city council made a decision in 1960 that Gunnar Alm's proposal "The forest and the minerals" should be the city arms (and flag) for Mo town. After the areas surrounding Mo was turned into a larger municipality in 1964, there was made a decision that the same symbol should be the arms and flag for Rana.
Marius Helga, 7 July 2004

The royal resolution of 5 March 1965 approved the design. However, it was previously approved by royal resolution of 29 April 1960 as the coat of arms of the city of Mo. Mo was joined with Nord-Rana and parts of communities of Nesna and Sør-Rana into the new community Rana that "suceeded" the coat of arms.
Željko Heimer, 9 July 2004

Official blazon in Norwegian: "Venstre skrådelt av grønt og gull."
English blazon: "Per bend sinistre vert and or"
I have nothing much to add.
Željko Heimer, 20 February 2016


[COA of Grane] image by Tomislav Šipek, 18 February 2017

Modern Rana flag is same design. From 1964 Mo is part of Rana.
Tomislav Šipek, 18 February 2017