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Kampen (Netherlands)

Overijssel province

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Kampen municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 25 Jan 1973

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Kampen municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 48.900; area: 161,79 km². Settlements: Kampen (seat), Grafhorst, 's-Heerenbroek, IJsselmuiden, Kamperveen, Wilsum, Zalk.
Kampen is a merger between the former municipalities of Kampen and IJsselmuiden on 1 Jan 2001, the flag above is provisional and the same as the flag of the former municipality of Kampen.

Kampen is an old city at the mouth of the IJssel river in Overijssel province in the Netherlands. It was a member of the Hanseatic League and it has retained its medieval character.

Its present flag is white over blue, adopted in 1973.
In 1380 a letter was written in which was mentioned, that "our sign is white and blue". In the councilhouse is a chimney with a WB flag dated 1545.
However a flagbook of 1686 "Insignia Navalis, Lt. Gradon's collection of Naval Flags and Colours", a manuscript owned by the Pepys Library, Magdalena College, Cambridge, UK, shows a flag with two stripes white and red.

The colors white and blue are derived from the municipal arms. White and red however are the Austrian colors, granted to the city in 1495, when Emperor Maximilian elevated the city of Kampen to an Imperial Free City.
A Kamper flag of blue with a yellow cross occurs in Hesman's flagchart of 1708. Was that the Kamper Hansa flag?
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].
Jarig Bakker, 2 Jul 2003

The Guide Vert Michelin Hollande shows a map of Kampen (then called Campen), unfortunately undated, with in the upper right corner a shield with a fortified gate. The Guide also mentions the old butcher's shop (Oude Vleeshuys), located Oudestraat 119, with the municipal arms on the facade, dated 1596: a fortified gate flanked by two lions.
Ivan Sache, 4 Jul 2003

Kampen 1686 flag

[Kampen 1686 flag] by Jarig Bakker, 2 Jul 2003

Kampen 1708 flag

[Kampen 1708 flag] by Jarig Bakker, 2 Jul 2003

IJsselmuiden [former municipality]

IJsselmuiden former municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 1994

    IJsselmuiden historical flag

IJsselmuiden historical Shipmate Flagchart :

first used 6 Sep 1938

Kampen [former municipality]

Kampen former municipality Shipmate Flagchart :