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Nordkapp, Finmark (Norway)

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Commune flag image by Tomislav Šipek, 13 February 2017
Approved on 19 October 1973.

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The Flag

Nordkapp municipality in Finnmark county takes it name from North Cape, the cliff traditionally taken to be the northernmost point in Norway and of the European continent. This combined with the midnight sun in summer makes Nordkapp a popular destination for tourists. Appropriate then that the municipality's arms and flag in a simple way suggests the profile of the set against the midnight sun. The arms and flag of Nordkapp municipality were approved by Royal resolution dated 19 October 1973.
Jan Oskar Engene, 27 April 2002


Nordkapp municipal pennant

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

Yellow with two red steps. I spotted this pennant on 22 April 2017 at the local pier in Honningsvåg (= seat of the municipality)
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 May 2017

Coat of Arms

[COA of Vefsn] image by Tomislav Šipek, 09 February 2016

Official blazon in Norwegian: [Not yet presented]

Blazoned in English: see below for suggested blazoning.
A couple of tries:
Per pale, Or and Gules, in dexter a base of the second, in sinister a chief of the first.
A skosh more abstractly geometrical, but emphasizes the symmetry:
Per fess, Or and Gules, a fess quarterly, 2 and 3 counterchanged.
Lewis A. Nowitz, 27 April 2002

The blazon in English would be something like:
"Per fess debruised Or and Gules"
though Parker's dictionary does admit that "debruised" is not quite clear what it means. Few other tries might be, again following Parker:
"Per fess fracted Or and Gules"
"Per fess downset Or and Gules"
The latter cleary (at least to me) suggest that the sinister part is lower the dexter, which is not the case of Nordkapp coat of arms, and I supposed "upset" could not come into account. Then maybe:
"Per fess downset on dexter Or and Gules"

Temupus Peregrinator pages sugests that maybe something of the sort might be valid too:
"Per fess angeled Or and Gules"
Željko Heimer, 1 May 2002

The flag of Nordkapp is already reported, so here is coat of arms. Administrative center is Honningsvåg.
Tomislav Šipek, 09 February 2016

Blazon: Delt av gull og rødt ved enkelt venstre trappesnitt.
In English: Per fess angeled or and gules (as I already suggested as the best fit)
The design was approved by the royal resolution of 19 October 1973after a drawing by Hallvard Trætteberg. [c2j87]
[c2j87] also notes a previous municipal emblem also depicted the Nordkapp rock, although in a more natural depiction.
Željko Heimer, 20 February 2016