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Burgenland (Austria)

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by Jan Oskar Engene
by Dr. Peter Diem
(civil flag)
adopted 25 June 1971
(state service flag)


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Presentation of Burgenland

Burgenland is a very young Austrian province. It was founded in 1921 after the Treaty of Trianon, which annexed this territory to Austria from Hungary. The new province lived to 1938 (Anschluss), and after World War II it was reborn.
István Molnár, 13 June 2000

Burgenland is home to more than 8,000 ethnic Hungarians. More than 30% of the inhabitants live in four settlements: Unterwart/Alsˇor, Oberwart/Felsoor, Oberpullendorf/Felsopulya and Siget in der Wart/Orisziget. They use the Hungarian flag on the Hungarian national holidays.
István Molnár, 5 June 2001

This is interesting, since Burgenland was transferred from Hungary to Austria following the First World War, because of its predominantly German speaking population. It was the only territorial gain for Austria following that war (at the same time she lost a lot more territory to Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia (a country which hadn't got that name yet), Italy, Romania...).
Elias Granqvist, 5 June 2001

Description of the flag

In Die Symbole Österreichs by Peter Diem [die95] the field of the arms is shown as gold, while the bottom field of the flag is yellow.
Jan Oskar Engene, 11 April 1996

Coat of Arms

by Dr. Peter Diem

Or, standing upon a rock sable an eagle regardant wings displayed gules, langued of the same, crowned and armed of the first, on his breast an escutcheon paly of four, of the third and white fur, fimbriated of the field, and in dexter and sinister cantons two crosslets paty sable.
Joe McMillan, 18 March 2002

which means...In yellow a red eagle, looking to its left, with a golden crown standing on a black rock, escutcheon with vertical bars red and white fur, over each wing a black Greek cross.

The "white fur" on the stripes of the shield is in German, Kürsch.
Peter Diem
, 26 August 2002