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Pinhais, Paraná (Brazil)

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[Flag of Pinhais, PR (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 7 February 2022
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The municipality of Pīnhais (133,490 inhabitants in 2020; 6,087 ha) is located 10 km east of Curitiba.

Pinhais is named for Brazilian pines, once very common in the region. Municipal Resolution No. 49 issued on 6 November 2003 grants protection to the Brazilian tree located on a plot owned by Associação Escola Suíço Brasileira de Curitiba.

Considering that araucaria, aka Paraná pine, has invaluable symbolic meaning for the town of Pinhais, whose name originates from it and which features it on the arms and flag of the municipality.

Article 2.
The tree has the following characteristics.
a) c. 300 years of existence, in perfect condition, being probably the region's oldest tree.
b) diameter, 2.28 m ans circumference, 7.16 m.

https://pinhais.atende.net/cidadao/pagina/patrimonio-historico
Municipal website

The flag and arms of Pinhais are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 6 promulgated on 15 March 1993.

Article 2.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Pinhais, designed by Douglas Macarthur de Oliveira Boechat and heraldically interpreted by ESIMPAR - Enciclopédia Simbológica Municipalista Paranaense, has the following characteristics:
§1. The shield is of Portuguese type, horizontally divided into two unequal fields arranged as follows.
§2. The upper field, blue, features in the center, a yellow (or) rising sun with five straight rays, illuminating in perspective three green pines of unequal sizes, placed in the center and making the arms canting.
I - The sun means unity, majesty, abundance and wealth, representing the new era that begins for Pinhais and its residents.
II - The pines correspond to the toponym "Pinhais".
§3. The shield's lower field is vertically divided into two equal parts, on the right, yellow with a fleur-de-lis argent (white) and on the left, green with a wheel or (yellow) with 12 cogs.
I - The fleur-de-lis argent represents the town's patron saint, Our Lady of Good Hope.
II - The cogwheel or represents industrial activity, the main source of income for the municipality.
§4. The shield is surmounted by a mural crown with eight towers, of which five are visible, argent (white) with black doors signifying the constituted powers of the municipality of Pinhais.
§5. Beneath the shield a blue scroll inscribed with the inscriptions "PINHAIS", in the center, and "20-03" on the left and "1992" on the right, representing the date of foundation of the Municipality.

Article 3.
The flag of the municipality of Pinhais, designed by Douglas Macarthur de Oliveira Boechat and heraldically interpreted by ESIMPAR - Enciclopédia Simbológica Municipalista Paranaense, shall be rectangular, in proportions 14 units in width on 20 units in length.

Article 4.
The flag is composed of two equal fields shaped like a scalene right-angled triangle, separated by a white stripe of 3 units in width, containing in its center a white circle where the coat of arms is applied.
§1. The upper triangle is green and the lower one blue.
§2. The white stripe, superimposed with a yellow stripe 1 unit in width, which separates the green from the blue field, starts from the upper right angle (hoist side), running obliquely to the left angle.
§3. The geometric figure in the center of the flag where the coat of arms is applied, representing the municipal government, is a white circle that symbolizes infinity, as it has no beginning or end.

https://leismunicipais.com.br/a/pr/p/pinhais/lei-ordinaria/1993/1/6/lei-ordinaria-n-6-1993-institui-o-brasao-de-armas-e-a-bandeira-do-municipio-de-pinhais-e-da-outras-providencias
Leis Municipais database

The description of the symbols was completed by Municipal Law No. 439 promulgated on 18 June 2001.

Article 2.
§3. The shield's lower field is vertically divided into two equal parts, on the left, yellow with a fleur-de-lis argent (white) and on the right, green with a gear wheel or (yellow) with 12 cogs.
II - The gear wheel or represents industrial activity, the main source of income for the municipality.
§6. The colors of the coat of arms have the following meaning.
I - Yellow means the resources of the municipality.
II - Green means the municipal forests present in the municipality.
III - Blue means the sky and springs of the municipality.

Article 4.
§4. The colors of the flag have the following meaning.
I - Yellow means the resources of the municipality.
II - Blue means the sky and springs of the municipality.
III - Green means the municipal forests of the municipality.
IV - White means the municipality's promising future and infinity.

https://leismunicipais.com.br/a/pr/p/pinhais/lei-ordinaria/2001/43/439/lei-ordinaria-n-439-2001-altera-os-artigos-e-demais-dispositivos-da-lei-n-06-93-que-instituiu-o-brasao-de-armas-e-a-bandeira-do-municipio-de-pinhais-e-da-outras-providencias
Leis Municipais database

The description of the symbols was further completed by Municipal Law No. 1,065 promulgated on 5 March 2010.
Article 2.
§2.
II - The pines correspond to the toponym "Pinhais" and are artistically configured to look like araucarias, native trees under legal protection.
§5. Beneath the shield a blue scroll inscribed in white with the inscriptions "PINHAIS", in capital letters, in the center, and "20-03" on the left and "1992" on the right, representing the date of foundation of the Municipality.

https://leismunicipais.com.br/a/pr/p/pinhais/lei-ordinaria/2010/106/1065/lei-ordinaria-n-1065-2010-altera-a-lei-n-06-93-para-a-adequacao-facultada-pelo-artigo-238-da-constituicao-estadual-mediante-modificacao-dos-dispositivos-que-especifica 
Leis Municipais database

Image from the municipal website
https://pinhais.atende.net/cidadao/pagina/simbolos

Ivan Sache, 7 February 2022