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Flag of Petrijanec - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2014
The Municipality of Petrijanec (4,994 inhabitants in 2001, 1,464 in the village of Petrijanec) is located about 25 km north-west of Varaždin, up river Drava.
Željko Heimer, 15 February 2003
The symbols of Petrijanec are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi općine Petrijanec, adopted on 20 June 1994 by the Municipality Assembly. Never published in any official gazette, the Decision is available in Anđelko Zorković's municipal monograph Povjesnica općine Petrijanec (1995).
The symbols are described in the Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Petrijanec, adopted on 27 March 2002 and published in the County official gazette Službeni vjesnik Varaždinske županije, No. 6. The detaied description of the symbols was dropped from the Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Petrijanec, adopted on 22 October 2009 and published on 30 October 2009 in Službeni vjesnik Varaždinske županije, No. 41 (text), leaving only general prescription. This is repeated in the current Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Petrijanec, adopted on 14 March 2013 and published on 28 March 2013 in Službeni vjesnik Varaždinske županije, No. 16 (text).
The local chapter of the HDZ party complained that "HDZ had requested that a public competition is run for the design of the symbols of the municipality, but the ruling parties did not accept it" (Varaždinske vijesti, 27 July 1994).
The symbols, designed by Anđelko Zorković, an art teacher director of the local school, were never submitted to for approval to the Ministry of Administration.
The flag is described in Article 7 of the Decision as follows:
The flag of the Municipality of Petrijanec is composed of two colours: blue and white, with the coat of arms of the Municipality of Petrijanec in the centre. The ratio of the flag's width to its length is 1:2. The colours are set horizontally in this order: from the top blue, white, and blue. Each colour covers one third of the flag. The coat of arms of the Municipality of Petrijanec is set in the centre of the flag. The central point of the coat of arms matches the crossing point of the flag's diagonals. The ceremonial flag is edged on three sides with a yellow (golden) fringe.
The Town Statutes prescribe that the coat of arms should enter the blue stripes up till 1/3 of their width.
Željko Heimer, 12 August 2014
Coat of arms of Petrijanec - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2014
The coat of arms is described in Article 7 of the Decision as follows:
The coat of arms of the Municipality of Petrijanec is based on historical elements of the region and on old Croatian ornaments. The main part of the coat of arms is a shield ending in the bottom in a semi-circle. The shield is edged with yellow (golden) colour. With a double horizontal and vertical division, nine red-white fields and made, making part of the historical Croatian coat of arms. The first field in the left corner of the shield is coloured red. The old Croatian wattle coloured yellow (golden), in the shape of an ellipse, encompasses parts of the red-white fields. In the centre of the old Croatian wattle there is the graphically shaped building of the Municipality Hall, outlined with black lining. In the horizon under the Hall and in the bottom part of the old Croatian wattle is a green field symbolizing the flatland landscape. Beneath is a stylized source coloured blue expanding in soft waves until the bottom part of the old Croatian wattle. Along the centre of the waves there are two parallel yellow (golden) lines extending in a semicircle. The white fields visually represents a cross, a symbols of Christianity.
Željko Heimer, 12 August 2014