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Oosternijkerk (The Netherlands)

Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Oosternijkerk village flag] by Jarig Bakker, 3 May 2004

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Oosternijkerk village (Nijtsjerk, Easternijtsjerk)

Flag: Diagonally from hoist-bottom to fly-top of red and blue with in the center a jumping greyhound of 3/4 flagheight.
Oosternijkerk (Frisian: Easternijtsjerk, or Nijtsjerk) had 1-1-1999 866 inhabitants. It is 8 km Northeast of Dokkum and dating from the 15th century, that is after the first dykes around Friesland were constructed and villages didn't have to be built on mounds. Foeke Sjoerds, a historian of local fame, lived here in the 18th century.
Explanation: white and blue are the colors of Oostdongeradeel; red and white of Oostergo. The greyhound is derived from the Coat of Arms of the Sjoorda family.
Jarig Bakker, 2 November 2000

Oosternijkerk Coat of Arms

[Oosternijkerk Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 3 May 2004

Description: "Per pale: I. in red a silver greyhound rampant; II. in blue a silver organ-pipe, placed in pale and in chief with two silver roses".
The church-patron is St. Caecilia, whose symbol is the organ. The greyhound and roses are from the arms of the Sjoorda family.
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)".