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Kos (Municipality, Greece)


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Presentation of Kos

The municipality of Kos (33,388 inhabitants in 2011, 28,720 ha) was formed in the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities of Dikaios (Δίκαιος, 6,094 inh.), Irakleides (Ηρακλείδες, 6,963 inh.) and Kos (19,432 inh.).

Olivier Touzeau, 11 September 2013

Flag of Kos

[Flag of Kos]

Flag of Kos, 2012-2013 - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 31 March 2012

The new flag of the municipality of Kos was hoisted for the first time (photo) on 5 March 2012.
According to the Mayor the "shape" of the flag contains the letters "K" and "O", for Kos.The yellow colour stands for stability but also for rage for the situation we have come to, while the red colour stands for fighting spirit,liveliness and militant mood.
The emblem on the flag (image) is not a new one, dating back to the Italian occupation administration. The emblem contains a "staff of Asclepius"*, two snakes, for Asclepius and Hippocrates, and a bunch of grapes for the island's abundance of "goods".
The Mayor already talked about the possibility of changing the colours (the controversial element of the flag) but not the design.

A local lawyer who was an opponent of the flag managed in mid-2013 to patent it in his name. As a result the then municipal authority added six stars for the municipality's six local communities and this time patented the new version (photo, photo).

Paraskevas Renesis, 22 March 2015

*This is not a staff of Asclepius which has a single snake wrapped around a unadorned staff, but is rather a caduceus.

Chris Southworth, 8 March 2012

Former municipality of Dikaios


Flag of Dikaios - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 11 September 2013

The seat of the municipality of Dikaios was in Zipari (Ζηπάρι, 2,355 inh.). Its flag (Kokkonis website) was white with the municipal emblem.

Olivier Touzeau, 11 September 2013

Former municipality of Irakleides


Flag of Irakleides - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 4 October 2013

The seat of the municipality of Irakleides was in Antimacheia (Αντιμάχεια, 2,205 inh.). Its flag (Kokkonis website) was light pink with the municipal emblem, which features Heracles (Ηρακλής).

Olivier Touzeau, 4 October 2013