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Tijnje (The Netherlands)

Opsterland municipality, Fryslân province

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[Tijnje villageflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 16 Sep 2003
Design: J.C. Terluin.

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Tijnje village

Tijnje (Frisian: De Tynje) is a village in Opsterland municipality, Fryslân province, with (1958) 1343; (1974) 1255; (2000) 1440 inhabitants. The village was a hamlet under Terwispel until 1900, where it developed by peat-digging. Several canals ran through the hamlet/village, now replaced by roads, where it is well positioned between Gorredijk and Akkrum.
Tijnje coat of arms: diagonal of silver and green, charged with three left fesses countercharged; over all a red fess with four chevrons on top.
Flag: a red hoist of 1/3 flag length, with in the canton a yellow water lily leaf of 1/3 flag height; the fly diagonally divided of green and white, charged with three crossbars countercharged.
In the village is a monument with the text "In doarp riist út 'e puollen" (a village arises out of the pools). Tijnje was founded as a
peat-diggers community under Terwipsel, and ultimately became a separate villager. The motto was the base for the coat of arms, and was ultimately added to the arms. The countercharged white and green represent the many potholes.  On the narrow pieces of land (green) between the potholes (silver/white) the peat blocks were laid to dry. The diagonal dividing line represents the main road through the village. The red crossbar with the four points represent the village and its brick buildings, arising from the swamps.
The flag is a simplification of the arms; the yellow leaf reminds of the former watery environment (and of course of the pompebledden in the Frisian flag.
Design: J.C. Terluin
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1994, 1995.
De Woudklank (local newspaper) 27 Aug 1998.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 16 Sep 2003

Tijnje coat of arms

[Tijnje Coat of Arms] from De Woudklank (local newspaper) 27 Aug 1998.