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image by Tomislav Šipek, 16 February 2017
Here is flag and coat of arms of former municipality of Frei. The
municipality existed from 1838 until 2008 and now is part of Kristiansund.
Administrative center was Rensvik.
Tomislav Šipek, 17 December 2015
image by Tomislav Šipek, 17 December 2015
Blazon: I rødt to gull kroner, 1-1. Gules two crowns or in pale.
Approved by the royal resolution of 6 February 1987 after a drawing by Nils Fiske. [c2j87]
The Kristiansund municipality includes a page on old Frei arms including full quotation from [c2j87] and regulations for the use.
The design is meant to represent two royal links with Frei. The first is King Haakon the Good who had a lodge in Bjerkestrand and had support by the Frei people, including in the battle of Rastarkalv in 955. The second link is to King Haakon VII who visited Frei in 1955 on occasion celebrating the millennium of the battle - the largest event in municipality ever. In 1955 the municipality started using an emblem (a badge) composed of a helm, crown, sword and a cross-staff. When the arms were being prepared for approval in 198's, it was only natural to choose one of the four elements from that badge, and choosing two crowns Frei wanted to symbolise both past and present.
Željko Heimer, 18 December 2015