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City of Norderstedt (Germany)

Stadt Norderstedt, Kreis Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2013-01-27 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Norderstedt city flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 26 Jun 2006
approved 29 August 1974 See also:

City of Norderstedt

Introduction of Norderstedt

From the Norderstedt city website: Coat of arms: Quarterly Azure and Argent, on an inescutcheon Gules a compass rose surmounted by a fleur-de-lys Argent. Livery colours: blue, white, red. I wonder if the city flag isn't really a blue-white-red tricolour with the arms, rather than having a plain white field. Norderstedt was created by decree of the Schleswig-Holstein state government of 1 January 1970, by the merger of the municipalities of Friedrichsgabe, Garstedt (in Pinneberg county), Glashütte and Harksheide (in Stormarn county). Norderstedt is thus a young city."
Santiago Dotor, 6 Apr 2001

Norderstedt City Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a white flag. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2013

Norderstedt Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is quarterly divided into blue and silver (= white). In the centre is a red inescutcheon, displaying a silver (= white) 8-point star. The supreme point is superimposed by a fleur de lis of the same colour.
Meaning:
The fleur de lis is considered to transform the 8-point star into a compass rose with the lily representing the magnetic North. Thus the inescutcheon is a canting element, because the name means simply "northern city". Each quarter is representing one of the four municipalities, which formed Norderstedt in 1970. The municipalities were Friedrichsgabe, Garstedt, Glashütte and Harksheide. A concentration of settlement cores alongside the main road from Hamburg to Kaltenkirchen occurred during the first years after WW2. Since then the region was inofficially called "Norderstedt". The colours are those of Schleswig-Holstein.
Sources: Reißmann 1997, p.255 and 1(2) of Hauptsatzung of the City of Norderstedt, version 10 June 2003

The flag was approved on 29 August 1974. The coat of arms was approved on 17 July 1974. The artist is Wilhelm Horst Lippert from Brunsbüttel.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2013


Borough of Garstedt

Garstedt former Municipal Flag (until 1970)
[Norderstedt-Garstedt old municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2013

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a white flag with red stripes on the top - and bottom-edge. The coat of arms is in the white stripe and shifted to the hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2013

Garstedt former Municipal Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a silver (= white) shield is a green oak tree, superimposed by a red inescutcheon displaying a silver (= white) nettle leaf.
Meaning:
The inescutcheon is alluding to the territory of the counts of Pinneberg, which belonged to Holstein until 1640. The tree is symbolizing the "oak of peace" in the centre of the village. Due to industrialisation the village had become the biggest rural municipality in Pinneberg County. In 1970 Garstedt was incorporated into the new city of Norderstedt.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.99
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2013


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