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Berkelland (The Netherlands)

Gelderland province

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adopted 22 Nov 2005; design: studio Stijlgenoten in Den Ham Other Berkelland pages: See also:

Berkelland municipality

Berkelland is a new municipality in Gelderland province, formed 1 Jan 2005 by the merger of the former municipalities of Ruurlo, Borculo, Eibergen and Neede. It is bordering on Germany.
Population: 46.655; area: 284,71 km² - settlements: Borculo (seat), Achterveld, Avest, Beltrum, Brinkmanshoek, Broeke, De Bruil, De Haar, Eibergen, Geesteren, Gelselaar, Haarlo, Heurne (part), Holterhoek, Hoonte, Hupsel, Lintvelde, Lochuizen, Loo, Mallem, Mariënvelde, Neede, Noordijk, Noordijkerveld, Olden Eibergen, Rekken, Rietmolen, Ruurlo, Veldhoek (part), Zwolle.

Description: blue with four brown floats, placed in a curve from bottom left to top right, the bottom one emanating from the bottom and the top one from the top, gradually placed more straight and i9ncreassing in area.
The blue field refers to the water of the Berkel River, the brown floats to the watermills. The floats symbolize dynamics, nostalgia and energy.
Adopted by municipal resultion on 22 Novenmber 2005
Stefan Lambrechts, 25 July 2006

Berkelland is named after the small river Berkel, which has been "restored" by common efforts in the Netherlands and Germany. This inspired the studio Stijlgenoten in Den Ham to design a logo representing the wheel of a watermill. Part of this logo was used on the municipal flag.

It looks a bit unusual, but possesses the qualities of a good flag: simple, used symbolism (stylized waterwheel), two colors, no text or coat of arms, and unique.
Stefan Lambrechts, 10 January 2005

A great flag! Artistic and original...
Lewis A. Nowitz, 17 February 2005