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Tromsø, Troms (Norway)

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[Flag of Tromsø] image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015

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The Flag

Here is flag of Tromsų .
Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015

Flag Variant

[Flag of Tromsø] image by Tomislav Šipek, 25 February 2017

Here is 1:1 variant of Tromsų flag.
Tomislav Šipek, 11 November 2015

Tromsų municipal pennant

Commune flag image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 May 2017

Blue with white reindeer passant at hoist. I spotted this flag on 20 April 2017 in front of the town hall.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 May 2017

Coat of Arms

[Flag of Haugesund] image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015

Tromsø arms is blazoned in Norwegian: I blått en gående sølv rein. In English that would make it: Azure a reindeer passant argent.
It was approved by the royal resolution of 22 July 1983. [c2j87] also noted that the same design was previously approved for the city as it was back then, by the Ministry of Interior on 24 September 1941. (I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, but this seems to indicate that while Norway was occupied and king was abroad, the Ministry of Interior "took" the office of approving municipal symbols.)
The design was drawn by Hallvard Trætenberg.
The idea for the Tromsø arms was presented by A. T. Kaltenborn in the Norsk Folkekalender 1855, and the coat of arms was first used in connection with the Industry and Crafts Exhibition in Tromsø in 1870. In the use the background colour changed between blue and red, or even showing a natural landscape. Although reindeer played little or none role in the city, it was the administrative center of the vast surrounding areas of reindeer herding in the northern Norway. When no other northern Norwegian city had any arms, it was not unusual that such typical northern-Norwegian change was chosen nevertheless.
[c2j87] mentions also that former community of Tromsøysund, which was incorporated in the city of Tromsø in 1964, got its arms approved by the royal resolution of 9 April 1954 after a drawing of Sverre  Mack helped by Hallvard Trætenberg.: på rød bunn et tomastet gull skip. - I.e. Gules a two-masted ship or. It is mentioned that this was the first "herredsvåpen" approved in Norway (I am not sure if that means the first non-urban municipality arms, or if it refers to some other administrative division type or some such.
The last is shown (cropped) at
Željko Heimer, 24 October 2015