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Vechta county (Germany)

Landkreis Vechta, Lower Saxony

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[Vechta County flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 10 Jan 2008
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Vechta county

County: Vechta
county seat: Vechta
area: 812.54 qkm
population: 133,104
divisions: 10 municipalities, incl. 1 city, 3 towns
Flag adopted ?
CoA adopted 27th December 1955
*A "Samtgemeinde" (SG*), also called "collective municipality" is a combination of several municipalities to an administrative community  in Lower Saxony.
Jörg Majewski, 10 Jan 2008

CoA

[Vechta County arms] image by Jörg Majewski, 10 Jan 2008
adopted 27 Dec 1955

VECHTA
Origin/meaning:
The arms were granted on December 27, 1955.
The first quarter shows the old arms of Oldenburg, as the most of the area historically belonged to Oldenburg. The second quarter shows the arms of the Counts of Calvelage-Ravensberg who sold their possessions in the Southern part of the district to the Bishops of Münster in 1252. The base shows three so-called wolf's-hooks from the arms of the Counts of Galen, who, as vassals of the Bishops of Münster held several estates in the district.
Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.
Source: Ralf Hartemink.