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adopted 1 Sept 1953
Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 152.311; area: 141,47 km². Settlements:
Enschede (seat), Boekelo, Glanerbrug, Lonneker, Usselo.
The town of Enschede in the province Overijssel in the Netherlands
was devastated yesterday by a huge fireworks explosion. At least 20 people
were killed, among whom several firefighters quailing a small fire just
before the explosion.
Enschede is close to the German border. It used to be the heart of
the regional textile-industry, which is now being reorganized, so that
the town remains an industrial center in that frontier region.
The flag was adopted 1 Sept 1953.
Jarig Bakker, 14 May 2000
by Jarig Bakker, 19 Jul 2003
Boekelo is a village in the municipality of Enschede in Overijssel province
in the Netherlands. Boekelo is nationally known for the salt which was
mined here in the beginning of the 20th century. Water was pumped down
into the salt layer, 325-400 meters deep, and pumped up as brine, from
which later salt was extracted.
Flagdescription: four equally wide horizontal stripes yellow - green
- white - blue, with in the center a yellow disk, high 9/20 of flagheight,
and on the disk a black salt-derrick.
Hans van Heyningen, designer of the flag, gave the following explanation
(see also Vexilla Nostra jg. 29 (1994), nr. 194 - pag.118:
At first there was the primeval sea (blue stripe); then the salt from
the sea crystallized and stayed behind (the white stripe); later other
layers of soil covered it and allowed forests to grow (Boekelo - forest
of beeches): the green stripe. The white-blue colors also remind of the
famous saltwater-wavesbath in Boeleo. Once above ground the salt produced
wealth: the yellow stripe - or: salt became gold.
At the request of the village the salt-derrick was added (a wooden
tower; in Hengelo-Zuid one remained as a monument, see photo at this
The flag was adopted on 10 Aug 1994 by the Boekelo village council.
This image based on a photo sent by Gerard Kuipers.
Jarig Bakker, 19 Jul 2003
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