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City of Norderney Island (East Frisia, Germany)

Stadt Norderney, Kreis Aurich, Lower Saxony

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[Norderney Island, 'lesser' flag] 3:5 image by Jorge Candeias
"Lesser" Flag, adopted 1928 See also:

Norderney is one of the Frisian Islands, a few kilometers off the North Sea coast of Germany.
Pascal Vagnat, 8 Mar 1999

The term Watteninsel does not refer to Norderney's legal status, but to its geology. The Frisian Islands are sandbars, and I have read that in the last eight hundred years they have lost ninety per cent of their area.
John Ayer, 18 Jul 2000

Norderney is a Watteninsel. It is at the same time an island and a municipality. It is one of the rare municipalities in Germany which has two different flags, the lesser flag and the greater flag. (...) The greater flag is today the service flag of the municipality of Norderney, but is less used than the lesser flag which is well known by the inhabitants of the island. The two flags were adopted in 1928. (...) It should be noted that these two flags are the flags of the municipality. There is no administrative unit like a council for the island, but only a council for the municipality.
Source: van Heijnigen 1998 [available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website].
Pascal Vagnat, 8 Mar 1999

This island has two flags, a greater and a lesser flag. The greater flag consists of six blue and white stripes with the coat of arms. Apart from van Heijnigen 1998, the flag is also described in both Stadler 1970, p.62 and Keyser 1939-1974. None of the sources mentions the size of the arms, i.e. how many stripes should it cover - so my picture is slightly uncertain.
Source: van Heijnigen 1998
Stefan Schwoon, 27 Mar 2001

Norderney "Lesser" Flag

Description of flag:
The "lesser" flag shows six horizontal stripes alternatively blue and white with two vertical stripes at the hoist striped in black and white. Each of the squares thus formed has a width equal to 1/6th of the width of the flag. (...) The similarity of the flag with the one of Bremen is pure coincidence.
Source: van Heijnigen 1998 [available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website].
Pascal Vagnat, 8 March 1999

Norderney "Greater" Flag

[Norderney Island, 'greater' flag] 3:5 image by Santiago Dotor, 21 Mar 2002, based on the image in van Heijnigen 1998
adopted 1928

Description of flag:
The "greater" flag also has six horizontal stripes alternatively blue and white with the coat of arms of the commune near the hoist.
Pascal Vagnat, 8 Mar 1999

Norderney Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The coat of arms is white with two blue wavy lines at the bottom from which comes a dune with a landmark in black.
Meaning:
Waves and blue base are symbolöizing the North Sea. The hill is symbolizing the dunes. The landmark is the so called "Kap", a local navigation mark.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.62

The coat of arms was granted on 10 July 1928 by the Prussian State Ministry and was drawn by the local artist Poppo Folkerts. In 1951 the blue colour of the coat of arms was changed to white. The "greater"> flag is today the service flag of the municipality of Norderney, but is less used than the lesser flag, which is well known by the inhabitants of the island. Source: van Heijnigen 1998 [available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website].
Pascal Vagnat, 8 Mar 1999


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