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Strijen (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

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Strijen municipality António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 July 2016
adopted 30 Nov 1976; design: Stichting Banistiek & Heraldiek. See also:

Strijen municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Apr 2003): 9.261; area: 57,55 km². Settlements: Strijen (seat), Strijensas, Mookhoek, De Klem and Cillaarshoek. Strijen is a municipality in the Hoekschewaard, and will be part of a municipal reorganisation shortly.
Flag adopted 30 Nov 1976. Description: yellow with three red St. Andrew's crosses.

I'm surprised that the flag shows, instead of heraldic saltires coupee, typographic "x" letterforms. Is this accurate or an erroneous variant?
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 July 2016

TTBOMK, these are the saltires of the Lords of Strijen. In The Netherlands, saltires are most often couped perpendicular, different from the British Isles where horizontal couping seems more prominent (which gives that letter X impression). For example, check the saltires on the flag of Amsterdam. The arms of the Lords of Strijen are the origin for the flag of Kamerik as well, which show the normal, Dutch, couped saltires. Curiously, after the merger of Kamerik into Woerden, the Woerden flag includes a British style saltire (top of same page). The arms are shown in [sie62a] as one would expect them for Dutch arms. The only possible flag of Strijen photograph I've seen is here, which hints that the ends are not couped horizontally. But it's really not enough to be certain.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 Jul 2016

Strijen Coat of Arms

Strijen Coat of Arms International Civic Arms :
Granted 24 Jun 1816.

The Coat of Arms consists of a golden shield charged with three saltires gules (red). The shield is covered with a count's crown and has two lions as supporters. This Coat of Arms was already known in the Middle Ages.