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Leer County (Germany)

Kreis Leer, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Leer County flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 28 Dec 2007
approved 3 Oct 1977 See also:

Introduction of Leer County

county seat: Leer
area: 1,086.03 qkm
population: 165,347
divisions: 19 municipalities, incl. 9 in 2 comprehensive municipalities, 1 city, 2 market towns
Jörg Majewski, 28 Dec 2007

Leer County Flag

Description of flag:
It is a blue over yellow over white horizontal tricolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Jan 2014

Leer County Coat of Arms

[Leer County arms] image by Jörg Majewski, 28 Dec 2007

Description of coat of arms:
In a blue shield is a silver (= white), rampant lion, armed golden (= yellow) and tongued red. Around his neck is an upside down golden (= yellow) coronet. The shield is topped by a golden (= yellow) quatrefoil flanked by six ears of grain of the same colour.
Meaning:
The lion is the lion of the Ukena kin. Focko Ukena was the first calling himself chieftain of Leer. Around 1400 he established his power in the areas of Moormerland, Overledingerland, Uplengen and Rheiderland, nowadays all being parts of Leer County. The crest is symbolizing the regions of the county and agriculture as main business line. The elements of the arms of Weener County, which had been incorporated in 1932, had no influence to the current arms.
Source: Stadler 1964, p.56, Linder and Olzog, 1996

The flag was approved on 3 Oct 1977. The coat of arms was approved on 12 August 1952 by minister of interior of Lower Saxony.
Jarig Bakker and Klaus-Michael Schneider


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