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Sandefjord, Vestfold (Norway)

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[Flag of Sandefjord] image by Tomislav Šipek, 8 May 2018

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New flag

There is a new flag for Sandefjord (after mergering with Andebu and Stokke in 2017).
The flag of Sandefjord municipality: in yellow, in a rising boat a whale with raised harp, all in black.
Tomislav Šipek, 8 May 2018

New Coat of Arms

On 1 January 2017, a new municipality of Sandefjord was formed with a new coat of arms (no information for the flag yet).

[New COA of Sandefjord] image by Tomislav Šipek, 8 May 2018

The flag before amalgamation

[Flag of Sandefjord] image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015

Here is flag and coat of arms of Sandefjord.
Wimpel of Sandefjord (Google Street View)
Note: Flag is actually my interpretation of the wimpel.
Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015


[Sandefjord wimpel]
image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Sandefjord] image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2015

The coat of arms was approved with the royal resolution of 9 May 1914 and drawn by Andreas Bloch. [c2j87] mention no flag and it may be a later invention of local administration. As usual for the older coat of arms [c2j87] provides no official blazon. The English blazon may be something like: or a Viking ship sable with a sail paly gules and argent under a whale embowed.
The Viking ship displayed in the shield is meant to represent the Gokstadskipet - the Viking ship that was excavated in 1880 making an international archaeological sensation at the time. (See e.g.  The whale states the leading role of Sandefjord in whaling industry - that was the major town's industry since 1905.
Apparently, Sanderfjord was recently joined with Stokke and Andebu municipalities and there is consideration of adopting a new joined coat of arms, see e.g. the presentation,,
(although this link may change soon)
I don't think that these and other links at the municipal site mention anything on the history of the current flag, but I may have not browsed long enough.
Željko Heimer, 26 October 2015