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Sor-Varanger, Finmark


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Commune flag
image by Željko Heimer, 2 May 2002
Adopted on 16 April 1982.

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About the flag

Sør-Varanger municipality is situated in Finnmark county
The flag of Sør-Varanger was adopted by Royal resolution dated 16 April 1982. According to [c2j87] the three flames symbolize the three most important industries in the municipality, agriculture, mining and fisheries, but also the three rivers that form the border between Norway and its neighbours. Sør-Varanger is on Norway's border with Finland and Russia, which means that three states meet at this municipality, a further symbolism of the number three. Finally, the three flames may symbolize the three people settled in the municipality: Saamis, Norwegians and Finns. According to [c2j87] the arms and flag also emphasize that the three flames are nourished by the same source, which can symbolize that people from the three nationalities work together to use the resources and that they have grown into one community. The colour combination is, significantly, identical to that of the national coat of arms, which was felt natural for a border municipality like Sør-Varanger.
Jan Oskar Engene, 30 April 2002


Official blazon in Norwegian: "Skrådelt av gult og rødt ved tretunget flammesnitt."
Blazoned in English: "Per bend rayonny or and gules."
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 30 July 2002

Flag Variant

Commune flag
image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 November 2015

I found photo of longer flag. Administrative center is Kirkenes.
Tomislav Šipek, 12 November 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Nannestad]
image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 November 2015