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Langezwaag (The Netherlands)

Opsterland municipality, Fryslân province

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[Langezwaag villageflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 14 Sep 2003
de facto flag, proposed 1998; design: Mr. Jelle Terluin.

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Langezwaag village de facto flag

Langezwaag (Frisian: Langsweagen) is a village in Opsterland municipality in Fryslân province. In 1998 Mr. Jelle Terluin designed several village flags in Opsterland, and made a nasty discovery. The village of Langezwaag had been presented with a proposal for a flag and arms in 1992; the local society for village interests was not interested, but one year later it awoke and adopted the arms as proposed; it adopted the flag too, but with minor additions. In the fly-bottom the coat of arms was placed, which had the same diagonal stripes as the flag, making it virtually invisible. Then the green stripes were removed: no changes, because the white border nearly coincided with the white flag stripe. Whereupon the white border was changed into a grey border. The heart shield's main color: red, was changed in green, and the tree became grey instead of white.
This monstrosity was produced without comment by the famous flagfactory "Dokkumer Vlaggen Centrale".
The Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk was advised by Mr. Terluin to let the matter rest for a while, until the moths had eaten the grey monsters, and when all flags had died by natural causes, register the original proposal as the official Langezwaag flag.
Source: the local newspaper "De Woudklank", 10 Feb 2000.
Jarig Bakker, 14 Sep 2003

Langezwaag village "official" flag

[Langezwaag village official flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 14 Sep 2003
adopted 1993

Langezwaag coat of arms

[Langezwaag Coat of Arms] from the local newspaper "De Woudklank", 10 Feb 2000.