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Szczytno county (Poland)

Powiat szczycieński, Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodship

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[Szczytno county flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 13 Jun 2009
adopted Oct 2002 Gminy (districts) in Szczytno County: See also:

Szczytno county

Szczytno county is southeast of Olsztyn, the seat of Warminsko-Mazurskie woiwodship.
Szczytno County, Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodship - former German name: Ortelsburg
Szczytno County (Polish: powiat szczycieński) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, northern Poland.
It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998.
Its administrative seat and largest town is Szczytno, which lies 41 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of the regional capital Olsztyn.
Area: 1,933.1 sq.km (746.4 sq.mi); Population: 69,289 (2006)
The present-day population of the County is composed of the autochtones - the Polish- speaking Masurians -  and the people resettled from the former Polish territories annexed by the Soviet Union after the war. The Germans either ran away with the Wehrmacht or were expelled immediately after the war, but few remained to this day.

The flag of the County was adopted in October 2002.
The information about it is very scarce.
The "statut" (undated) states laconically that "the County has the Arms and the flag as shown in the addendums 1 & 2", but the addendums are not provided on the net.
I managed to find an article in the local weekly "Kurek Mazurski", dated April 23, 2009, which shows and describes the County's flag and, additionally, shows the flag of the commune of Jedwabno along with the announcement informing about the competition for the flag of the commune Rozogi: <http://www.kurekmazurski.pl/?art=8462>

Coat of Arms of the Szczytno County is a Spanish-style heraldic shield divided diagonally by the slanted, ascending line into two fields. First field features two green pine trees on green grass. In the foreground there is a jumping Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) facing to the right.
On the second, red field, there is an image of Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus.
Above the shield there is a ribbon with the legend "powiat szczycieński".
The Coat of Arms combines the elements from the Arms of the only two towns in the County: Szczytno and Pasym.

The flag is composed of three horizontal bands in the proportion 3:1:1.
The upper band is blue, the middle one - white, and the lower one - red.
On the blue band there are the Arms of the County.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 13 Jun 2009


Szczytno county Coat of Arms

[Szczytno county coat of arms]] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 13 Jun 2009
adopted Oct 2002