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City of Elmshorn (Germany)

Stadt Elmshorn, Kreis Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Elmshorn city flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 14 Jun 2006
approved 23 June 1954 See also:

Current Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is an armorial flag.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2012

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a red field is a silver (= white) sailing ship with three masts sailing across blue and silver (= white) waves.
The market town of Elmshorn gained the rank of a city in 1877. In 1903 the city was entitled to adopt a coat of arms, which had been granted on 20 November 1903 by Emperor Wilhelm II. The new version abolished the mural crown.
Whaling and merchant shipping had been the base of the local economy in the 19th century. Thus the city was called "the little Hamburg". The ship is said to be the FLORA, the last whaling vessel of the city, furthermore it is an allusion to the journeys to Grönland whaling grounds. The colours red, white and blue are those of Schleswig-Holstein.
Source: Reißmann 1997 , p.130
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2012

The flag was approved on 23 June 1954. The current coat of arms was approved on 23 June 1954. The artist is Wilhelm HorstLippert from Brunsbüttel.

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