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image by Dirk Schönberger,
25 August 2012
The municipality of Zortéa (2,991 inhabitants in 2010; 19,015 ha) is located,
on the border with Rio Grande do Sul, 430 km west of Florianópolis.
Zortéa is Brazil's last municipality on the alphabetic list.
Zortéa was established in the 1910s, during the building of the railway connecting São Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul. At the time, the area mostly belonged to Cipriano Rodrigues de Almeida and Felisberto dos Santos. Around 1930, Alberto Santos acquired plots from Cipriano and started clearing. This attracted several colonists; in 1946, the Dambro brothers founded a small sawmill to exploit Brazilian pines, The sawmill was subsequently acquired by Antônio Zortéa Primo (the town's namesake; originating from Valsugana, a region located in the Italian provinces of Trento and Vicenza) and Guilherme Branche. The development of the hardboard company Zortéa e Brancher S/A boosted the emergence of a small town, mostly inhabited by the factory's workers.
The municipality of Zortéa was established by State Law No. 10;051 promulgated on 29 December 1995, separating from Campos Novos.
Ivan Sache, 8 November 2021
A white flag with a large pale blue lozenge bearing the municipal arms in the centre.
Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 25 August 2012
The flag of Zortea is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 51 promulgated in 1997.
The municipal flag is white with a celestial blue lozenge.
The coat of arms represents the municipal government while the celestial blue lozenge represents the municipality.
Celestial blue represents harmony, people's force, the indescribably blue sky, horizon and the territory's power.
The white rectangle is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity, religious spirit, honor, civility, courtesy, abundance and hope.
The coat of arms of Zortea is composed of Samnite shield surmounted by three yellow stars, the central star representing the municipal seat and the other the communities forming the municipality.
In the upper left part, a maize plant represents one of the municipality's main crops. In the center, a Brazilian pine represents the main source of income and the majesty of native trees. In the right part, soybean and wheat represent the main crops. The shield is divided from the lower left to the upper right angle by a green and yellow stripe representing the Motherland.
On the scroll, the toponym "Zortéa" surrounded by "29/12" and "1995", respectively, in letters argent on a leaf green background, indicating the date of foundation of the municipality.
Ivan Sache, 8 November 2021