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Capivari do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Capivari do Sul, RS (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 17 January 2012 and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 August 2014

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Description of the Flag

Four horizontal stripes, blue-deep yellow-red-green with the municipal arms placed centrally in a white disk.

Official website is at
Dirk Schönberger, 17 January 2012

The municipality of Capivari do Sul (4,020 inhabitants in 2012; 41,760 ha) is located on the North Seashore of Rio Grande do Sul, 80 km of Porto Alegre. The municipality is made of the town of Capivari do Sul and of the districts of Rancho Velho (located 11 km from Capivari) and Santa Rosa (located 7 km from Capivari). The town is named for the Tupi word "capivari", meaning Capybara River. The attribute "do Sul" was added for the sake of differentiation from the municipalities of Capivari (Săo Paulo) and Capivari de Baixo (Santa Catalina).

The district of Capivari was established by Municipal Law No. 1,752 of 9 September 1980, from parts of the districts of Passinhos and Palmares, in the municipality of Osório. The municipality of Capivaru was established by State Law No. 10,634 of 28 December 1995. - Municipal website

The symbols of Capivari do Sul are prescribed in Article 5 of the Municipal Constitution, adopted on 30 June 1998, as "the flag, the coat of arms, the anthem, and other symbols prescribed by Law". - Municipal Constitution

The flag, the coat of arms and the anthem of Capivari do Sul are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 160 of 21 September 1999.

The flag has the following characteristics (Article 4):
1. The height of the flag shall be of 14 units.
2. The length of the flag shall be of 20 units.
3. The coat of arms shall be placed in the middle of the flag, inscribed in an ellipse argent, keeping proportions as on the model.
4. The flag shall be made of four equal stripes placed as follows:
   - Upper quarter: a fess azure (blue);
   - Second quarter: [a fess] or (gold);
   - Third quarter: [a fess] gules (red);
   - Last quarter: [a fess] vert (green).

The recommended sizes of the flag are (Article 5):
   - Type 1: With one panel of 45 cm in width;
   - Type 2: With two panels of 45 cm in width;
   - Type 3: With three panels of 45 cm in width; and up to:
   - Type 7: With seven panels of 45 cm in width.
Other sized may be produced for specific uses, sticking to the official proportions.

The meaning of the colours is as follows (Article 7).
Blue represents the heavens and water. Yellow represents the resources of the municipality. Green represents the flora, the fields, the pastures, and the agricultural resources. Red represents the vibration and bellicose temper of its inhabitants and its origin. The white ellipse inscribing the coat of arms represents harmony and peace.

The characteristics of the coat of arms are the following (Article 10).
1. A shield in proper shape, looking like a Samnite's shield gules, its upper border in a curved pattern and its other borders in a straight pattern, but not parallel and converging at the lowest point.
2. In the middle of the shield is placed a geographic map of the municipality of Capivari do Sul, argent with a border gules. The shield is divided into four unequal parts representing roads RS 040 and RST 101 in their proper shape/ In the center of the map of the municipality is represented Lake Capivari.
3. The crown is made of a representation of the Jesus, Mary and Joseph fortification, characteristic of the colonization of Rio Grande do Sul State.
4. Beneath the shield a scroll argent inscribed with the name of the municipality in letters sable.
5. The shield supported by two branches of rice, of similar shape but mirrored, which represent the main source of income for the municipality.
6. In chief a sun or above a proper representation of a relief and of river Capivari in perspective, all azure.
7. In chief sinister a log vert with the base or, representing wood extraction as an additional source of income for the municipality.
8. In base dexter two gears or, representing industry as a source of income for Capivari do Sul.
9. In base sinister a bovine's head, representing cattle-breeding.

Further articles detail the rules of use of the symbols and prescribe penalties for misuse.

The text refers to a drawing shown in an Appendix of the Law, to be considered as part of the Law and official model. The Appendix, is, unfortunately, not attached to the electronic source. - Law No. 160 of 21 September 1999

Paulo RS Menezes and Ivan Sache, 19 July 2014