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Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag (Norway)

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[Flag of Nærøy] image by Tomislav Šipek, 17 February 2017


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The Flag

Here is flag and coat of arms of Nærøy. Administrative center is Kolvereid.
Source: https://lovdata.no/dokument/OV/forskrift/1987-05-22-445?q=flagg
http://foto.digitalarkivet.no
Tomislav Šipek, 13 December 2015


Coat of Arms

[COA of Nærøy] image by Tomislav Šipek, 13 December 2015

Blazon: I gull tre røde liljetopper forent i trepass. In English: Or three fleur-de-lis in pall stems conjoined.
Approved by the royal resolution of 22 May 1987 after a drawing by Einar H. Skjervold. [c2j88]
The explanation of the design provided on the municipal web site is that the "background" for the choice of emblem was the "red lily" or "Nøkkrosen" ("Nøkkerosen" is Norwegian for water lily). While the lily is more usually white, in certain areas of the municipality red variant is more common. It is, of course, stylized in traditional heraldic way.
The http://www.ngw.nl/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=N%C3%A6r%C3%B8y provides other reason, beside the water lilies, for the choice of lilies: "The arms are based on the seal of King Håkon Magnusson from 1344, on a document in which the King granted several rights to the local farmers. The seal shows the St. Mary in a portal decorated with fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the St. Mary."
There is also 8 page of documentation regarding the adoption process. It started in 1977 with a competition producing 48 designs in 1978 - most unapprovable for not following strict Norwegian municipal heraldic rules. The idea was renewed in 1987 on the occasion of 150 anniversary of municipality. The municipality engaged Skjervold from Trondheim to make an approvable design. He made three variant  design in two background versions (argent, or) as well as proposals for a flag and a seal. There is also a essay on linking the red fleur-delis with the "Nøkkrosen" identified as "Nyphaea candida f. rosea".
And, of course, the link to NRK TV report of the mayor explaining the municipal arms http://www.adressa.no/tv/?id=29501
Željko Heimer, 15 December 2015