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Jouswier (The Netherlands)
Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province
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Flag: diagonally divided from hoist-bottom to top-fly of white and green;
in white a standing red key, with the bit on top and turned towards the
Jouswier (Frisian: Jouswier, AKA 'in tsjerke, trije hûzen
en in bargehok' - a church, three houses and a pigsty) had (1-1-1999)
52 inhabitants; it is c. 6 km NE of Dokkum. The diagonal division of the
village flag refers to the old Oostdongeradeel Coat of Arms, while the green symbolizes
the 'wier' = mound, on which the village was built as a protection
against floods. The key is a symbol of the patron saint of Jouswier, St.
Peter, in the colors of the old Utrecht bishopric. Red and white are also
the colors of the old division of 'Oostergo'.
Jarig Bakker, 30 October 2000
Jouswier Coat of Arms
by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004
Description: "per fess I. in silver a lying red key, the bit turned
upward; II. In green a golden wild boar's head".
The arms of the Bergsma family contained three red pigs. For esthetical
reasons only one head was used. The Jouswier population insisted on a sturdy
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"