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Overbetuwe (The Netherlands)

Gelderland province

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[Overbetuwe flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 29 Jan 2002 Other Overbetuwe pages: See also:

Overbetuwe municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 40.213; area: 115,00 km². Settlements: Elst (seat), Andelst, Driel, Hemmen, Herveld, Heteren, Homoet, Oosterhout (part), Randwijk, Slijk-Ewijk, Valburg, Zetten
The Overbetuwe municipality is the result of a merger on 1 Jan 2001 of the former municipalities of Elst, Heteren and Valburg. It is most notable for its fruit-trees and horticulture, and of course the "vierdaagse van Nijmegen", the 4 days of 40 km distance walking happening, which always passes through Elst.
The flag was adopted on 29 Jan 2002
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jun 2003

Overbetuwe Coat of Arms

[Overbetuwe Coat of Arms] image from the Overbetuwe municipal website.

Granted 28 Nov 2001
The left half (azure - yellow chessboard and ermine canton) refers to the Coat of Arms of Hemmen, an element of the Coat of Arms of Valburg.
The red tower in the yellow right half refers to the two castles of Heteren: the Nijburg (halfway between Randwijk and Heteren) and the "Roode Toren" (Red Tower) between Heteren and Driel.
The center of the Coat of Arms has been reserved for Saint Werenfridus, a remarkable element of the Coat of Arms of Elst. It pictures the coffin of the patron saint of Elst, who floats to his last resting place in Elst.


Elst [former municipality]

Elst municipality

Elst is nearly synonymous with 'fruit of the Betuwe'. It is between the big cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen and gets once every year attention by the 4-days walk ('Vierdaagse')
The flag is a combination of the Dutch RWB and the Gelderland BYN <which is a pity; on the municipal Coat of Arms is a coffin, representing St. Werenfridus, the patron saint of Elst and Westervoort, floating on the water>
Jarig Bakker, 21 September 1999


Heteren [former municipality]

Heteren municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net

Heteren is southwest of Arnhem in the eastern Betuwe.
The old flag was horizontal RYB, derived from the municipal Coat of Arms. To make the superficial observer completely aware of that the Coat of Arms has been put on the new flag.
Jarig Bakker, 29 September 1999


Heteren Historical flag

Old flag of Heteren Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net