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image by eljko Heimer, 9 July 2005
Goraz<dansko-podrinjski kanton (Canton of Gorazde and
Podrinje), the name of the region near Drina river - border river
through most of its course towards FR Yugoslavia)
eljko Heimer, 9 December 1999
Gorazde Kanton is now named Bosansko Podrinjski Kanton,
capital is still Gorazde.
Adrian Sramek, 9 July 2001
I am not sure how precise this information is. Some time ago
the canton (the Canton V, as it is know by numerical notation)
had (proposed?) name of Gorazdansko-podrinjski (or similar), but
the reference to Podrinje (region near Drina river, the border
river between Yugoslavia and B&H) was dropped after
objections (by whom?) that the canton does not reach Drina river
at all. If I am not much mistaken on the last ellections it was
still named Gorazde canton (or
Gorazdanski kanton, if you prefer).
I shall not rule out the possibility that some new changes were made recently, but we shall need some more precise information for that...
eljko Heimer, 9 July 2001
According to governmental web pages of the Federation of
Bosnia and Herzegovina, the present canton name is: 5. Bosnian
Podrinje (former Gorazde-Podrinje).
Jan Zrzavy, 17 July 2001
It seems that in al the documents there (including the
constitution) the full name of the canton is
"Bosansko-podrinjski kanton Gorazde" at least since
1997. To the best of my knowlage, the other cantons do not
include the name of the capital in their official name in this
Could there be a Bosansko-podrinjski in another canton and this is the way to make the disctinction ?
Marc Pasquin, 31 January 2004
No, I don't think that his is the case, but surely, this
canton is not the only one that is situated in Bosnian Podrinje
(Podrinje means region along Drina river), most of the eastern
Republic of Srpska is situated in Bosnian Podrinje, of course,
since Drina forms its eastern border. The canton nr. 3., that of
Tuzla might also have claim for the name (and was once called
"Tuzlansko-podrinjski kanton", but since changed name
to "Tuzlanski kanton" only). In a way it may also be
kind of distinction from the Canton 2 - Bosnian- Posavina Canton
(Posavski kanton) that also uses (used?) the same abberviation
In any case it is Bosnian-Podrinje Canton Gorazde now.
eljko Heimer, 31 January 2004
The website of the Bosansko-Podrinski kanton <www.bpkgo.ba>, shows a
different coat of arms than the one eljko reported. The
flag of the kanton has two vertical stripes blue-yellow with the
coat of arms in the middle. Proportions 1:2.
You can see it as a table flag on a photo of the site (<www.bpkgo.ba/images/18_septembar/sl10.jpg>)
The website unfortunately gives us only a law about the seal of the kanton.
Here is a reconstruction of the flag. I don't know if the blue of the coat of arms is darker than the blue stripe of the flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 30 January 2004
Jos Poels received the letter from the cantonal government
informing him of the date of adption of the new symbols: 15
November 2001, designed by Elvedin Drkenda. The are adopted by
the Law on coat of arms and flag of Bosnia-Podrinje Canton
Gorade passed by the assembly on 15 November 2001. The flag
is vertically divided blue and yellow bicolour with the coat of
arms in the middle. Ratio 1:2. The coat of arms is in the shield
of a medieval Bosnian shape, vertically divided into yellow with
three fivepointed vodied stars and blue with yellow fleur de lis
above five yellow wavy stripes. The wavy lines represent the
Drina river. The yellow outline fo the shield is said to
represent the Gorade distict from XIV century sic!).
eljko Heimer, 9 July 2005
image by eljko Heimer, 9 July 2005
image by eljko Heimer, 18 March 2006
Coat of Arms
image by eljko Heimer, 18 March 2002
A visitor of my FAME pages
sent me an image of the Coat of Arms of Bosankso- podrinjski
kanton (Canton nr. 5, initially called also
Gorazdansko-podrinjski kanton, but I think the BPK name might be
official now), and he described the flag as "similar to SDA green-white-green flag in which the
initials are replaced by the Coat of Arms".
The coat of arms is obviously based on the previous Coat of Arms of Bosnia, the well known fleur-de-lis Coat of Arms. The golden ornament in the white bend is, I guess, nothing more then an ornament, though it might be based on the representation of the historical f-d-l arms in some of the famous armorials. The three flowers in the lower part are, I guess, again from some historical source, the lilies made more naturally. The helmet issuing from the band might be from the same period (12th century?). The helm as well as the colouring of the upper part are extremly unheraldical, unfortunately.
eljko Heimer, 18 March 2002
Jos Poels managed to get hold of the text of the previous flag
legislation of 1997. That was amended with the current symbols in
2001. The legislation is: Zakon o grbu i zastavi
Bosanko-podrinjskog kantona Gorade, 25. april 1997,
Slubene novine Bosansko-podrinjskog kantona Gorade,
br. 7/97, August 1997 (The Law on the Coat of Arms and the Flag
of the Bosnian Podrinje Canton Gorade, 25th April 1997,
issued in the official gazette Slubene novine
Bosansko-podrinjskog kantona Gorade, nr. 7/97). The copy of
it available to Jos did not (unfortunately) include any images,
while the descriptions in the text are quite vague - not
surprising comparing how unheraldical the Coat of Arms was.
However, the legislations solves the mistery how the flag looked
like and we may now correct the info we have based on a report of
an unsigned visitor to my site. The flag was not VWV but simply
bicolour of VW with the Coat of Arms in it. The ratio was
prescribed to 3:5.
eljko Heimer, 18 March 2006