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Coevorden (The Netherlands)

Drenthe province

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municipality of Coevorden image by Eugene Ipavec
adopted on 13 July 1999

See also:

Coevorden municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 35.998; area: 300,00 km². Settlements: Coevorden (seat), Aalden, Achterste Erm, Ballast, Benneveld, Bovensteenwijksmoer, Dalen, Dalerpeel, Dalerveen, De Bente, De Haar, De Haar, De Kiel, De Mars, Den Hool, Diphoorn, Eldijk, Erm, Gees, Geesbrug, Grevenberg, 't Haantje, Holsloot, Hoogehaar, Kibbelveen, Klooster, Langerak, Meppen, Nieuwe Krim, Nieuwlande (ged), Noord-Sleen, Oosterhesselen, Padhuis, Pikveld, Schimmelarij, Schoonoord, Sleen, Steenwijksmoer, Stieltjeskanaal, Valsteeg, Veenhuizen, Vlieghuis, Vossebelt, Wachtum, Weijerswold, Wezup, Wezuperbrug, Zweeloo, Zwinderen
Coevorden at present comprises the former municipalities of Coevorden, Zweelo, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Dalen. Vancouver is said to have derived its name from Coevorden I have been told, but I don't know the source anymore.
Jarig Bakker, 26 July 1999.

The merger took place on 1 Jan 1998, and the new flag was adopted on 13 July 1999.
Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001.

The good people of Coevorden have a sense of detail as witness this page presenting the municipal symbols, that is to say, the tower's brickwork, mortared blue, appears in the actual flag. Dimensions given: 1 m x 1.50 m. Flag (and arms) were designed by the Drentsch Heraldisch College (Drenthe Heraldic College).
Additional information gleaned from the description:
while the cross appears in the arms, the main colours derive from the five former municipalities' flags. The castle symbolizes the current municipal centre and the four red rectangles, the former local centres. The yellow stripes refer to the soil (sand), to the spear and staff, and - together with the blue cross - to industrial activity. Furthermore the yellow stripes represent roads and railway tracks; the blue cross also symbolizes local waterways.
Jan Martens, 7 January 2011

Coevorden Coat of Arms

[Coevorden Coat of Arms] image from the Coevorden municipal website.

Granted 18 August 2000. The scroll reads (in Latin): Multis Periculis Supersum - Despite the many dangers which threatened me I still exist.

Coevorden [former municipality]

former municipality of Coevorden Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 2 September 1968

Coevorden old Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Dalen [former municipality]

former municipality of Dalen Shipmate Flagchart :
Adopted 28 August 1973

Description: seven stripes of yellow, blue, yellow, black, yellow, blue, yellow, proportioned 5:1:1:1:1:1:5 with at ¼ flaglength a red heraldic eagle of 3/4 flagheight.

Dalen village flag

[Dalen village flag] Shipmate Flagchart :

How to make a village flag: Grab the old municipal flag, grab a tarbrush and hey presto! Dalen is since 1999 part of the municipality of Coevorden in Drenthe province. For 30 Euro one can buy the new village flag, see this webpage.
Jarig Bakker, 8 October 2006

Dalen Coat of Arms

[Dalen Coat of Arms] image by Jarig Bakker, 8 October 2006
Granted 3 December 1932

Description: I. Or and eagle gules; II. noir a chimney-hanger or.
The municipalities of Dalen and Schoonebeek used to belong to the Manor of Coevorden; the red eagle was its symbol, and it also signifies that Dalen and Schoonebeek formed once one municipality. Schoonebeek has the same eagle in its arms. The fire- or chimney-hanger ("vuurhaal" or "schoorsteenhaal" on the shield is derived from the arms of the ten Holte family, which gave several mayors to this municipality. The "vuurhaal" was used in many Drentse farmhouses, reminding of the Saxon influence on the nature of Drenthe rural villages.
Source: this webpage.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023
adopted 2011

Since 2011, Dalerpeel has had its own, officially recognized flag. This is designed with the features of Dalerpeel, a dark blue flag, with the name in light blue at top, the province in green down the hoist, a slogan in black across the bottom and in the center a black and white photograph of a hay wagon.

Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


The flag of Erm has probably been in use in its current form since 2022. It is white and features a blue Scandinavian cross. A yellow line is included above and below the horizontal bar of this cross. In the canton at the top left is a black silhouette of a castle or fortress. On the right of the flag is a red shield with a goat's head on it. Below are three green five-pointed stars.

Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


The flag of Geesbrug (or Giesbrugge) is white and has a green vertical stripe at the hoist. A horizontal stripe in the same color extends across the middle of the flag. The village name in blue is above this stripe. Below the stripe is an opening bridge above water. This bridge is part of six bridges over the Verlengde Hoogeveense Vaart. The hamlet of Geesbrug was created at the westernmost bridge of this series after the Second World War.

Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


The flag of Noord-Sleen (or Noord-Slien) has been in use in its current form since 2019 and was presented during a local festival. The flag is white and shows the village logo in the center. This includes a green tree, a yellow mill, brown dolmen and the village name. The mill represents the local mill Albertdina. The tree probably stands in front of the forest near Noord-Sleen. The dolmen may be a reference to Dolmen D50 and D51.

 Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023

Oosterhesselen [former municipality]

former municipality of Oosterhesselen Shipmate Flagchart :


image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 May 2021

A flag can be seen at The advantage there at least is that an origin is suggested, as the village is referred to as the "Giant Village".
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 May 2021

Sleen [former municipality]

former municipality of Sleen Shipmate Flagchart :

Sleen is now part of Coevorden in Drenthe, Netherlands.
The municipality of Sleen instituted a municipal flag by a resolution of the municipal council of 25 June 1962. Description:
The flag is composed of five horizontal stripes of equal width, alternating white and blue. To the hoist flanked by two vertical rows of five square blocks, alternating white and blue too. The first block on the top has a red five-pointed star, derived from the flag of Drente. In that flag there are six stars, one for each 'dingspel' (old name for a municipality). Sleen was the capital of the first dingspil "Het Zuidenveld".
Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999.

Sleen Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


The flag of Steenwijksmoer has been in use in its current form since 2016 and was created in a design competition among children from a local primary school. The background of the flag consists of three vertical stripes in blue and white. In the wider white stripe is the coat of arms with three red five-pointed stars above it. These stars refer to the province of Drenthe. A silhouette of Coevorden castle is placed in the shield together with the stones of Steenwijksmoer. There is also a blue triangle with the black letter T and a green cross. The letter T refers to the primary school 'St. Theresia School' and the cross to the local church. Various shapes in the club colors of the village football club are distributed around the letter T.

Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023

The flag was described as "brand new" in September 2019. It alternates white and red horizontal stripes approximately 1-1-2-1-1, with the village logo superimposed.

Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023

Zweeloo [former municipality]

former municipality of Zweeloo Shipmate Flagchart :

The municipal flag was designed by J. F. van Heijningen in Utrecht. Granted by decree of the High Council of Nobility on 26 July 1988 #88/242-28. The flag has been adopted as official municipal flag on 14 November 1988. Description:
Three horizontal stripes green-yellow-green related 1:4:1 with on the yellow stripe at 1/3 flaglenth two black concentric circles, each wide about 7/200 of the total height of the flag; the rings with external diameters of respectively 80/200 and 52/200 of the height of the flag and on it a red, double cross of snakeheads with arms, of which the width is equal to 9/100 of the flagheight and a total height, which is equal to 3/5 flagheight.
The yellow stripe with rings and cross mirror exactly the municipal arms. The coat of arms has been shifted a little to the hoist. They symbolize the word 'LOO', meaning 'WOOD'. Zweeloo is situated in a beautiful wooded region. To maintain the balance in the flag a green stripe has been added to the top and the bottom. In that way the location of Zweeloo in a wooded area has been expressed. The flag has been officially unveiled on 20 May 1989 by the Mayor, Mr. J. Jonkers.

Additional info from Kl. Sierksma's 'De gemeentewapens van Nederland', 1968:
'The double ring reminds of the ringurnfield near the 'Galgenberg' (Gallow mountain). The snakehead-cross is a symbol for the early settlement of Christianity in this region, which was then still a very rough country.'
The Coat of Arms and flag can also be seen at Ralf Hartemink's BNG-site:
With the following (IMHO better) explanation of the snakeheadcross: 'The cross in the Coat of Arms symbolizes Christianity, which arrived here quite early. A snakehead-cross was chosen to symbolize the marshy condition of the soil.'

Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999.

Zweeloo Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site


village flag image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023

The flag was designed for the 800th anniversary of Zwinderen by Zeilmakerij de Pelle v.o.f. The flag is described as "timeless" and can be used on all occasions.

It is green with a red-edged horizontal white bar near the bottom, bearing six red stars in two groups 3 and 3. On the flag is a brown shield, fading to white in the center, with the words Swinre 1217 in a scripted format, with oak leaves on either side and simple crown above.

Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2023