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Lindesnes, Vest-Agder (Norway)

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[Flag of Lindesnes] image by Tomislav Šipek, 26 February 2017

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Here is flag and coat of arms of Lindesnes. Administrative center is Vigeland.
Tomislav Šipek, 30 December 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Lindesnes] image by Tomislav Šipek, 30 December 2015

Blazon: I blått et oppvoksende sølv fyrtårn. In English: Azure a lighthouse issuant argent.
Approved by the royal resolution of 25 April 1986 after a drawing by Truls Nygaard after a design by Rolf Dybvig. [c2j87]
The Lindesnes municipality was created in 1964 by union of three previous municipalities of Spangereid, Sør-Audnedal, and Vigmostad. At the time it was given name after the lighthouse at the southernmost tip of the Norwegian coast (known in English as the Nase). The lighthouse was first built in 1655 as the oldest Norwegian lighthouse. It was closed a few times and the current tower, depicted in the arms was built only in 1915. [c2j87] felt a need to explain that the medieval heraldry knew not of lighthouses as tower, only depicting fortress towers, but that the design was approved nevertheless for being well recognizable and simple enough. On may also add that, even if the design was not known in period heraldry (although I think one may find examples outside Norway), the concept of the lighthouse facility was known from pre-medieval ancient times with the light tower of Alexandria being a famous example - therefore its is not "modern" device...
Željko Heimer, 01 January 2016