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Sunndal, Møre og Romsdal (Norway)

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[Flag of Sunndal] image by Tomislav Šipek, 16 February 2017

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Here is flag and coat of arms of Sunndal. Administrative center is Sunndalsøra.
Tomislav Šipek, 16 February 2017

Coat of Arms

[COA of Sunndal]image by Tomislav Šipek, 26 January 2016

Blazon: I grønt en sølv malurt. In English: Vert a wormwood plant argent.
Approved by the royal resolution of 25 November 1983 after a drawing by Svein Thuen Rasmussen. [c2j87]
The Norwegian wormwood (Artemisia norvegica), aka alpine sagewort, boreal sagewort, mountain sagewort, Norwegian mugwort, arctic wormwood, and spruce wormwood is a rare species of Artemisia genus, related to much more famous Artemisia absinthium, the common wormwood. It was important for botanic research of the plant life during the ice age. [c2j87] states that as a heraldic charge it was unknown in Norway prior to these arms, but that it comes occasionally in other European heraldries (without providing an example) - from which it was concluded that its heraldic stylization shows much enlarged flowers.
On a side note - I doubt that many would be able to recognize the plant, even if they heard for drinks made of it (and it is not only the famous absinthe, but other various herbal liqueurs), and even if it happens that they know it, the stylization is, IMHO, way to abstract to make it recognizable. When I asked, on occasion, several people though years, versions of "parachute plant" was way most often stated, jokingly...
On the municipal web site the history of it adoption is recounted. It starts in 1970s when initiative was made, and 3-members commission was appointed to provide ideas. In 1982 a competition was issued, with 296 proposals submitted. Six of them were chosen to be sent to State Archives for opinions. The answer received was that two of them were approvable designs, and the municipal administration chose the wormwood design.
Željko Heimer, 30 January 2016