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Stange, Hedmark (Norway)

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[Flag of Stange] image by Tomislav Šipek, 14 February 2017

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Here is flag and coat of arms of Stange. Administrative center is Stangebyen.
Tomislav Šipek, 29 December 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Stange]image by Tomislav Šipek, 29 December 2015

Blazon: I grønt en sølv ard. In English: Vert a plough argent.
Approved by the royal resolution o f 20 June 1986 after a drawing by Arne Løvstad. [c2j87]
The municipal web site recounts that the initiative started in 1984 and in 1985 the municipal administration sent invitation to local history society, institutions and schools to deliver proposals for design. There was little response, but three proposals were received and forwarded to the State Archives for opinion. None was good enough to be approved. However, one of them, made by Gyda Lahlums, was a stylized representation of Thorbjørnsen's* painting "Ploughman" that offered a detail that could have been used heraldically - namely the plough.
(* I was unable to find out who the painter was, he is supposedly known enough for Norwegian reader to be named simply by surname, but a Wikipedia search for it gives only a footballer.)
Anyway, at the same time, it was known that the artist Arne Løvstad from Oslo - originally from Hedmark - had studied the plough motive for municipal coat of arms that the National Archives had no objections to his proposal. Therefore the municipal secretary for culture Terje Moshaug got reserved the subject through a letter from the National Archives, and his suggestion to choose plough in that design was adopted in the municipal council meeting on 16 October 1985. A Hedmark plough is a motive that could have been perceived by the local inhabitants without further explanation.
Željko Heimer, 01 January 2016