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Vågan, Nordland (Norway)

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[Flag of Vågan] image by Tomislav Šipek, 18 February 2017

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The flag

A white codfish on blue. Adopted 30 March 1973. Designer: Hallvard Traetteberg.
Jan Oskar Engene, 6 August 1996

The flag of Vågan is already reported, so here is coat of arms and better image of flag. Administrative center is Svolvær.
Tomislav Šipek, 08 February 2016

Coat of Arms

[COA of Vefsn] image by Tomislav Šipek, 08 February 2016

Blazon: På blå bunn en vertikalstillet fremadbøyd sølv torsk.
In English: Azure a cod embowed argent.
Approved by the royal resolution of 30 March 1973 after a drawing by Hallvard Trætteberg. [c2j87]
The Vågan municipality was established in the Lofotes in 1838. In 1856 the Gimsøy municipality separated from it, and in 1918 also the Svolvær municipality. In 1964 the two were again jointed into Vågan.
While Svolvær was its own municipality it used a coat of arms that was approved by the Ministry of Interior on 20 January 1941 (I suppose that the approval procedure was considerably changed while the king was sitting in London), after a drawing by John Johns. It was a rectangular shield of "azure a cod naiant argent between two barrules wavy of the same".
The Heraldry of the World shows  a coloured drawing from [c2j87] A better period drawing with mural crown from the local history society.
May we assume rectangular banner of arms for Svolvær between 1941 and 1964? Does the database goes that far back?
When the greater municipality was formed again in 1964 it was only natural to retain cod as a typical Lofotes emblem, but decided to use a design that represents more "life and strength".
Željko Heimer, 20 February 2016


[Flag of Vågan] image by Tomislav Šipek, 18 February 2017

Svolvaer is now (from 1964) part of Vagan municipality.
Tomislav Šipek, 18 February 2017

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