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Granvin, Hordaland

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flag of Granvin image by Tomislav Šipek, 15 February 2017
Approved on 13 May 1988.

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About the flag

Granvin municipality is situated in Hordaland county.
Granvin is one of the few municipalities in Hordaland that took a cultural object for its flag. As we have seen, motives associated with industry or nature are favoured. The flag of Granvin is a yellow fiddle set diagonally on a field of green, the neck pointing towards the upper fly corner. The design, made by Øyvind Kvamme, reflects the rich traditions of folk music and symbolizes an active and creative community. The fiddle is a simplified representation of the richly decorated Hardanger fiddle. This fiddle, used to play folk dance music, has two sets or layers of four strings and has a very characteristic sound. The lower set of 'sympathetic strings' is not directly touched by the fiddler, but vibrates when the other strings are played. The flag was approved 13 May 1988.
Jan Oskar Engene, 26 June 2002

Source: The text and image are based on research Engene did for an article published in the German vexillological journal Der Flaggenkurier, No. 2, 1996 [joe96]. Consult this article for detailed references to sources.

Here is flag and coat of arms of Granvin. Administrative center is Eide.
Tomislav Šipek, 30 November 2015


Official blazon in Norwegian: "På grøn grunn ei gul fele, skråstilt venstre-høgre."
Blazoned in English: "Vert a fiddle or in bend sinister."
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002

Coat of Arms

[COA of Granvin] image by Tomislav Šipek, 30 November 2015

Blazon: På grøn grunn ei gull fele, skråstilt venstre-høgre. In English: Vert a fiddle or bendwise sinistre.
Approved by the royal resolution by 13 May 1988 after a drawing by Øyvind Kvamme from Granvin. ([c2j88], )
The instrument shown is a "haringfela" or Hardanger fiddle - a Norwegian folk instrument very similar to violin but having usually nine or eight strings. It was chose to represent numerous famous fiddlers and fiddle builders who come from Granvin, and especially one Knut Hamre, being the most well know, says the municipal web site.
Željko Heimer, 03 December 2015