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Sodermanland (Sweden)

Södermanland

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[flag of Södermanlands county]
illustration by Mello Luchtenberg
The flag is a banner of the arms; arms granted in 1560, last revised grant on 20 September 1940


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Description

About the flag

This was granted as arms for the province in 1560 (at the funeral of Gustavus I) and a revised grant was made on 20 September 1940.

In the 14th Century, major parts of Södermanland belonged to the nobleman Bo Jonsson, who had a griffin's head in his arms (his family would therefore later take the family name Grip (=griffin)), and who built the castle Gripsholm. This is perhaps the origin of the griffin in the arms of Södermanland.

Sources:
C. Nevéus/B.J. de Wærn: Ny svensk vapenbok, 1992 [nev92]
C.G.U. Scheffer: Svensk vapenbok för landskap, län och städer, Generalstabens Litografiska Anstalt, Stockholm 1967 [sch67]
Elias Granqvist 1 October 2000


Blazon

Official Blazon in Swedish

I fält av guld en upprest svart grip med röd beväring, därest sådan skall komma till användning.

Blazon in English

Or, a Griffin rampant Sable beaked, langued, membered and armed Gules.
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 04 October 2000