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Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude (The Netherlands)

Noord-Holland province

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Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 2 Jan 1991; design: Drs. J.F. van Heijningen.

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Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 5.551; area: 20,86 km². Settlements: Halfweg (seat), Haarlemmerliede, Penningsveer, Spaarndam (ged), Spaarnwoude, Vinkebrug
This municipality was formed after the merger in 1857/1863 of the former municipalities of Haarlemmerliede, Spaarnwoude, Zuid-Schalkwijk and Houtrijk & Polanen.
Description of the flag: A blue hoist with a white lion passant, armed red, of which the height is 4/5 of flagheight; three horizontal stripes in the fly - white - blue - white, proportioned 7:6:7; the middle stripe is wavy with at least three waves.

Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude old flag

[Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude old flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 22 Nov 2003

The old flag was adopted 16 Dec 1975; design: Kl Sierksma; description: a blue hoist charged with a yellow lion rampant and a fly of three horizontal stripes waved at least twice, yellow-blue-yellow, proportioned 8:5:8; the yellow stripes each with a semée of an indefinite number of trees in blue contourlines.
The lion is for Holland (Haarlem is the capital of Noord-Holland); the wavy stripe is foor "Liede" = water. The trees are canting for "Spaarnwoude", and is also designed to attract visitors to the recreational development area. <which it did: hippies!>
However it was discovered that the lion was garbled as the family-Coat of Arms of Spaarnwoude. As a result the municipality received on 10 Apr 1986 a new Coat of Arms: blue with a semée of silver blocks and charged with a lion rampant armed red, surmontée a yellow crown of three leaves and two pearls.
The new flag has the silver lion of Spaarnwoude; the blue wavy stripe represents (Haarlemmer) Liede. The trees have been omitted.
Source: Vexilla Nostra #175, article by Hans van Heijningen.
note: Spaarnwoude is named after the river Spaarne, and apparently has nothing to do with the tree the Dutch name "spar" (spruce-)fir.
Jarig Bakker, 22 Nov 2003

Semee of trees in outline--most interesting and unusual, adopted on my (and Beethoven's) birthday, too... ;-).
Lewis A. Nowitz, 23 Nov 2003


Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude Coat of Arms

[Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude Coat of Arms] image from the municipal website.

Granted 10 Apr 1986