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Oyer, Oppland (Norway)


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image by Tomislav Šipek, 19 February 2017

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The Flag

Here is flag and coat of arms of Øyer. Administrative center is Tingberg.
Tomislav Šipek, 28 January 2016

Coat of Arms

[COA of Øyer] image by Tomislav Šipek, 28 January 2016

Blazon: I grønt ei sølv helder. In English: Vert a wooden staple argent.
Approved by the royal resolution of 29 April 1983 after a drawing by Ola T. Rybakken. [c2j87]
A wooden staple (Norwegian "helder" or "herder" and even "hærder") is a wooden ring used to fasten a strap of a tree load. The device is used all over Norway and known also as "hogold", "hegd" and "reiphelde" and has variants in layout, while this one is typical for the region. The staple in the arms is said to represent unity and concord.
It should be noted that the municipal web site quotes the royal resolution (or so it says, but probably quoting the local regulation instead) blazon: "På grønn bunn en sølv hærder." while the flag is described: "Flagg med sølv hærder i grønn bunn, i kvadratisk form." These are to the same effect, but the flag is explicitly specified to be square in shape.
The page also provides most of the quote from [c2j87] including the drawing of "helder" from there.
Željko Heimer, 31 January 2016