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Plön County (Germany)

Kreis Plön, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2013-02-16 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Plön county flag off-centred CoA] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 11 Dec 2007
approved 12 May 1975 See also:

Plön County

Plön County (Kreis Plön) has an area of 1.082,57 km2, with a population of 135.000.
It consists of 86 municipalities: 3 cities, 7 municipalities (amtsfreie Gemeinden), and another 76 municipalities in 7 subcounties (Ämter). with altogether 76 municipalities.
An "Amt" is a combination of several cities and municipalities within an administrative community, a subdivision of a county.
Jörg Majewski, 11 Dec 2007

Plön County Flag (with off-centred CoA)

Description of flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a white flag, bordered by a blue stripe at the top and a red one at the bottom. The ratio of the stripes is estimated 2:5:2. The coat of arms is in the white stripe and shifted to the hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider,9 Jul 2007

Plön County Flag (with centred CoA)

[Plön county flag centred CoA] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider,9 Jul 2007

Though the roll of arms claimes an off-centred coat of arms, the version I spotted showed centred arms with silver realized as a light grey shade.
Source: I spotted this flag on 2 July 2007 at "Am Lübschen Tor" in Plön.
Klaus-Michael Schneider,9 Feb 2013

Plön County arms

[Plön county CoA] image located by Jörg Majewski, 11 Dec 2007

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per fess by a silver(=white) wavy line. On the base is a silver(=white) fish in a blue field, facing the dexter side. On dexter chief is a silver(=white) leaf of an oak, on the center chief is a silver(=white) nettle-leaf, on the sinister chief is a silver(=white) ear of grain, all in a red field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider,9 Jul 2007

The nettle leaf is taken from the coat of arms of the counts of Schaumburg-Holstein, as the district is in the former Duchy of Holstein. The many forests and the importance of agriculture are symbolized by the leaf and ear. The lower part symbolizes the many lakes as well as the Baltic Sea coast and the importance of fishery.
Jörg Majewski, 11 Dec 2007

Plön County was established in 1867. The subcounty (Amt) and the city of Plön were connected with the city of Lütjenburg, the monasterial district of Preetz, the village of Karköhl, which had belonged to the Hansa City of Lübeck, and 35 manors. The municipalities of Gaarden (1901) and Ellerbek (1910) were ceded to Kiel. In 1932 a big part of the dissolved county of Bordesholm was incorporated. The county had no proper coat of arms until WW2. In 1948 (acc. to Roll of Arms) a coat of arms was adopted, what acc. to Stadler happened on 21 December 1955. Since 1140 Plön was an important stronghold of the county of Schauenburg. From 1290 until 1390 Plön had been the residence of the Plön branch of the counts of Schauenburg-Holstein, and from 1623 until 1761 the residence of a branch of the dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg.
Sources: Stadler 1964, p.74; Reißmann 1997,p.30 and Ralf Hartemink

The flag was approved on 12 May 1975. The coat of arms was approved on 25 October 1948.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Feb 2013

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