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Vågan, Nordland (Norway)

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[Flag of Vågan]
image by Tomislav Šipek, 08 February 2016


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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. Admnistrative center is Svolvær.
Source: https://lovdata.no/dokument/OV/forskrift/1973-03-30-1?q=flagg
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 fater 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 agin 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 barrulest wavy pof 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 Lovdata.no 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 usea design that represents more "life and strength".
Željko Heimer, 20 February 2016