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Borger-Odoorn (The Netherlands)

Drenthe province

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municipality of Borger-Odoorn Shipmate Flagchart :
Adopted 1999?

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Borger-Odoorn municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 26.465; area: 278,00 km². Settlements: Exloo (seat), 1e Exloërmond, 2e Exloërmond, 2e Valthermond, Borger, Bronneger, Bronnegerveen, Buinen, Buinerveen, Drouwen, Drouwenermond, Drouwenerveen, Ees, Eesergroen, Eeserveen, Ellertshaar, Exloërveen, Klijndijk, Nieuw-Buinen, Odoorn, Odoornerveen, Valthe, Valthermond, Westdorp, Zandberg (part)
The municipalities of Borger and Odoorn merged 1 Jan 1998 to form the municipality of Borger-Odoorn. It is famous for its 'hunebedden' (old stone-age sites with huge boulders).
It adopted a new flag in 1999 (?), with as central element the municipal arms. (See below)
Jarig Bakker,  24 July 1999.

Borger-Odoorn Coat of Arms

[Borger-Odoorn Coat of Arms] image from the Borger-Odoorn municipal website.

The Coat of Arms has this meaning (according to Ralf Hartemink's site):

The municipality is on the "Hondsrug" range of hills. The territory of both former municipalities (Borger and Odoorn) was formerlt divided equally in sand and marsh. Both had also a small western part of marshes. This has been visualized in a shield-division of gold-black. These colors can also be found on the old municipal arms, so that it connects old and new.

The "boezelschup" (peat-digger) refers to the marshes, the "hunebed" (passage-grave) to the sand. The "boezelschup" has a specific form, only used in southeast Drenthe, and was used to divide mud evenly. The golden color refers to it being a wooden spade. In the municipality is the "Nationaal Hunebeddeninformatiecentrum", as well as 18 "hunebedden", spread over both former municipalities, more than in any other municipality. Both municipalities were mainly agricultural. So horses were chosen as supporters, which also refers to present day use of horses in sports (the Hippic center in Exloo, riding-school in Bronneger).

On the territory of Borger/Odoorn it is told that the legendary town of Hunsow existed a long time ago. The arms of Odoorn used to have that as its main element. Also in Bronneger in former municipality Borger the town is said to have existed. As it concerns both old municipalities a narrow pinnacled collar is put on the neck of the supporting horse (black, as it points at the legendary destruction of the town by fire).
Source: Information by the "Drents Heraldisch College."
Jarig Bakker, 29 May 2003

Borger [former municipality]

former municipality of Borger Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 4 Nov 1969

Borger Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.

Odoorn [former municipality]

former municipality of Odoorn Shipmate Flagchart :

Odoorn is since 1 Jan1998 part of Borger-Odoorn municipality. Flag adopted 9 Mar 1989.
Jarig Bakker,  31 July 1999.

Odoorn Coat of Arms

See Ralf Hartemink's site.