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Bo, Nordland (Norway)

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

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Here is flag and coat of arms of Bø. Administrative center is Straume.
Tomislav Šipek, 09 December 2015

Coat of Arms

[Flag of Bø]image by Tomislav Šipek, 09 December 2015

Blazon: I svart en halv sølv båt med mast og råseil. In English. Sable a demi-boat argent with a mast and a square sail.
Approved by the royal resolution of 7 August 1987 after a drawing by Rolf Tidemann. [c2j88]
The design is linked with mythological creator of Norse legends called "draugr" or "draug", being undead creature made of souls of drowned sailors. Acoording to the Northland legends, such creators would haunt waters and often sail along fishermen ship in half boats.
The municipal web site recounts how the design was adopted, after a public competition held in 1984 with 9 designer proposing 12 ideas. The general feeling was that the symbol must be linked to the sea, and majority inhabitants wanted a boat - however, that design was already "taken" by the county arms. The draug's half-boat was the decided to have "avanturistic" ring to it. The idea was proposed by one Ola Henriksen from Melbu and the municipal government hired a graphic design company Tidemann & Co. from Brønnøysund to perform the correct heraldic layout that was eventually approved.
The flag is described to have "rectangular" form, which is not much helpful.
Željko Heimer, 12 December 2015

Going by the municipal website, in Bo there is a whole row of sagas and fairy-tales. [Bo knows fairy-tales.] The proposal satisfied the demand for a boat and in the bargain the municipal arms also had associations with the world of fairy-tales.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 19 March 2016