Last modified: 2007-06-02 by dov gutterman
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image by Jorge Candeias, 26 July 1999
Adopted: 29 April 1994. Proportions: 7:11. Rakvere is a a town
in Lääne-Virumaa County (maakond).
Dov Gutterman, 25 January 1999
Blue with a yellow horizontal stripe centered with width about
1/7th of the flag's height.
Jorge Candeias, 26 July 1999
First mention about coat of arms with the crown and star is
from 1390. The crown symbolizes the higher rule. Six pointed star
symbolizes prosperity. Current coat of arms was first time
adopted in 1937.
Erki Kurrikoff, 11 April 2001
Quoting "The Baltic
Times", 15 January 2007: "Caretakers of a medieval
citadel in Rakvere, northeast Estonia, were left embarrassed
after the Swedish flag was hoisted above the castle tower instead
of Estonias national flag on Jan. 12. The mistake was
noticed by outside observers, who quickly called the operators of
the Rakvere castle museum to alert them of the apparent invasion.
The error came about due to an apparent similarity between the
Swedish flag and the flag of Rakvere city, which has a similar
design. To mark the anniversary of Rakveres liberation in
the 1918-1920 War of Independence, the citys flag was to be
hoisted above the castle. The mix-up was corrected in a matter of
There is indeed an apparent similarity between the Swedish flag and the flag of Rakvere city, which is blue with a thin yellow horizontal stripe in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2007
image from <www.rk.ee>, located by Dov Gutterman