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Mandal, Vest-Agder

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[Arms of Mandal] image by Željko Heimer, 26 February 2017

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About the flag

In NFK 21/1995, Jan Oskar Engene wrote another article on municipal flags in Norway: "Noen norske byflagg" (A few Norwegian city flags), pp. 23-31. There seems to be no info on the preferred ratio of the Mandal flag, so I put it in 8:11. (Please, don't laugh too much at my salmon drawing :)
Among several "world" languages, the Mandal web site provides info in Bosnian as well showing the B&H flag, quite unexpected I must say. On the other hand, a warm welcome to Mandal is somewhat cooled down with warning in several languages that 'All visitors to Mandal must report first to the "Tjenestetorvet".' I don't feel like much welcome if I first have to report to some local sheriff to leave my guns there. Possibly the wording is a bit rough in their Bosnian translation.
Željko Heimer, 04 March 2010

Flag is presented.
Tomislav Šipek, 30 October 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Åfjord] image by Tomislav Šipek, 30 October 2015

Here is coat of arms of Mandal.
Tomislav Šipek, 30 October 2015

The coat of arms was approved by the royal resolution of 2 July 1921 after a drawing by Hallvard Trætteberg.
(The drawing of fish we have, and including those now shown on the coat of arms are my interpretations of the fish, following the Norwegian tradition that any artwork matching the blazon should be considered good enough... The Traetteberg's original artwork is as the one here although that one is a low quality reproduction...)
The description provided: "... tre sølv laks på blå bunn." In English: Azure three salmons argent.
The salmons represent the fishing in Mandalselva river, being the only southern Norwegian town with considerably salmon industry. [c2j87] notes that in the beginning of the 17th century Mandal's salmon was considered the best quality in Norway.
Anyway, in the early 20th century the town used a coat of arms divided per bend sinister with a brig (two masted ship) on sea in the upper and three salmons also in bend sinister two and one. It was designed by Tobias Danielsen and was replaced with the current design when Mandal got market rights in 1921.
Željko Heimer, 10 November 2015