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Flag of Kisela Voda - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 6 March 2018
The municipality of Kisela Voda (58,216 inhabitants, mostly ethnic Macedonians - 91.2%; 46.86 sq.km; municipal website) is one of the ten municipalities forming the city of Skopje. Located in the south-eastern part of Skopje, Kisela Voda has borders with the municipality of Centar and the newly established municipalities of Aerodrom, Studeničani and Sopište. Kisela Voda is constituted of the settlements of Cesma, Birarija, Przino, Crnice, Pripor, Usje, 11 October, Kisela Voda, Cvetan Dimov, Pintija and Dracevo.
The municipality of Kisela Voda (lit., acid water; more correctly, mineral water) was established on 28 June 1955 by the Law on districts and municipalities in the People's Republic of Macedonia. Beforehand, Kisela Voda was a part of Skopje, according to
the Law on the territorial divisions of People's Republic of Macedonia
adopted in 1945.
From 1955 to 1965, several factories were set up in Kisela Voda, such as the OHIS chemical complex, the Usje cement works, the soap and cosmetics factory Cvetan Dimov, the textile factory Mirka Ginova, Crvena Zezda and Progres. Kisela Voda became a leading municipality in Macedonia, with 130,000 inhabitants living in an area of 737 sq. km.
In September 1996, the Law on the new territorial divisions of the Republic of Macedonia established 123 municipalities. The new municipalities of Zelenikovo, Studeničani and Sopište were separated from Kisela Voda.
The limits of the municipality were modified again after the adoption of the Law on the new territorial divisions of the Republic of Macedonia in August 2004. The new municipalities of Aerodrom, Upper and Lower Lisice were separated from Kisela Voda.
Ivan Sache, 8 October 2005
The flag and arms of Kisela Voda, designed by Lasko Dzurovski, were adopted on 10 June 2015 by the Municipal Council.
Despite the negative heraldic opinion from the vice-president of the
Macedonian Heraldry Society, Peter Gajdov, member of the committee as a
heraldic consultant, the municipality adopted symbols that are
heraldically and vexillologically incorrect.
The selected design for the coat of arms of the municipality does not meet the heraldic rules and standards, whose implementation was part of the competition as part of the criteria to be applied when selecting the best ranked design. Namely, the design does not conform to the heraldic rules of charges, divisions and ordinaries and thus can not be blazoned (heraldically described).
Additionally, parts of the flag of the Republic of Macedonia are used in the design. Although only parts of the flag are used and generally the terms of the contest and the paragraph 2 of Article 10 of the Law on Local Self-Government are not violated, this practice is strongly discouraged.
The selected design for the flag of the municipality does not meet the vexillological rules and standards, whose implementation was also part of the competition. Namely, the design is just a simple application of the coat of arms on a red cloth.
Kosta Stamatovski (blog), 11 July 2015
Former flag of Kisela Voda - Image by Jens Pattke, 7 December 2005
The former flag of Kisela Voda, as shown on the municipal website, was in proportion 1:2, red with the municipal emblem in canton and the gold writing ОПШТИНА КІСЕЛА ВОДА (Municipality Kisela Voda).
The emblem shows a landscape with a river, a mountain, a yellow field, a green field, a factory, a Byzantine church, a fort on a hill etc. The city name is written again in the sky.
Valentin Poposki & Željko Heimer, 8 October 2005