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Stjørdal, Nord-Trøndelag (Norway)

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[Flag of Stjørdal] image by Tomislav Šipek, 17 February 2017

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The Flag

The flag is, as a rule, granted together with the coat of arms, and it is usually (but not always) square form of the banner of arms.
The drawing prepared by resizing and "rectangulazing" of the coat of arms from Ralf Hartemink's site.
Željko Heimer, 6 November 2007

The flag of Stjørdal is already reported, so here is coat of arms. Administrative center is Stjørdalshalsen.
Tomislav Šipek, 26 January 2016

Coat of Arms

[Flag of Stokke] image by Tomislav Šipek, 26 January 2016

The coat of arms of Stjørdal is shown on the International Civic Heraldry site where it is noted:

The arms were granted on November 25, 1983. The arms show a dragon, symbol of St. Margareth. The dragon is derived from the old medieval seal of the area, dating from 1344, which showed St. Margareth standing on a slain dragon.

Željko Heimer, 6 November 2007

Blazon: I rødt en liggende gull lindorm. In English: Gules a lindworm couchant or.
The flag is described matchingly, but the seal is explicitly mentioned separately as being the same as prior the resolution: Sankta Margareta av Antiochia stående på en lindorm. - St. Margaret of Antioch standing on a lindorm.
Approved by the royal resolution of 25 November 1983 after a drawing by Hallvard Trætteberg. [c2j87]
The design is inspired by the seal of the Stjørdal county (Stiordola Fylke), preserved on a document of 1344 (so called "Hyldningsbrevet" issued at Båhus castle on 17 July 1344, see Municipal website page) - depicting St. Margaret standing on a lindworm, she is crowned, clad in a long dress with wide sleeves and a cape, and she holds in her left arm a staff topped with a cross, which she is thrusting into the lindworm's gob.
St. Margaret was a popular saint in the Middle Ages and the main Stjørdal church - in Værnes, was dedicated to her. The old county seal was taken in use again by the Stjørdal municipality in 1890's - and when it was being prepared for the arms and flag - the design was simplified.
See the mayor explain the symbolism in an interview At one point he mentions that when the design was being chosen for the arms, it was a great discussion in the community, between the lindworm and another design (a martyr cross?)
Željko Heimer, 30 January 2016