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Rio do Oeste, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of Rio do Oeste image by Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021  

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The municipality of Rio do Oeste (7,094 inhabitants in 2010; 24,564 ha) is located 250 km west of Florianópolis.

Rio do Oeste was established in 1912 at the confluence ("barra") of Rio das Pombas (Doves' River) and Rio do Oeste (West River), therefore its early name, Barra das Pombas. In the late 1920s, the place was renamed to Villa Adolfo Konder, for the President (~ Governor) of Santa Catarina (1926-1930). The name of Rio do Oeste was adopted in the 1930s.
The district of Rio do Oeste was established by State Law No. 247 promulgated on 30 December 1948, to be elevated a municipality on 23 June 1958, which was inaugurated on 23 July 1958.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021

Description of the Flag

The coat of arms of Rio do Oeste is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 178 promulgated on 2 September 1969.
It features the municipality's main crops: rice, cassava and tobacco.
The dominant colors are blue and white. Blue represents the sky and the serenity of the beaches. White represents peace and friendship among people united by the motto "Ordem e Trabalho" (Order and Work).
Yellow represents mining resources, especially coal extracted in Águas Verdes.
The sword symbolizes the pioneers' struggle for the conquest of the wild outback.
Municipal website


Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021