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The municipality of Carambeí (19,171 inhabitants in 2010; 64,968 ha) is
located 140 km of north-west of Curitiba.
Carambeí is named for a Tupi-Guarani word meaning Turtles' River. Founded in 1713, the Carambeí estate was mismanaged by its owner, José Goes, who had to sell it. Several landlords successively owned the estate until 1854, when it was purchased by the Brazil Railways Company. On 4 April 1911, Dutch emigrants Leonardo Verschoor and Jan Vriesman were granted a plot located in the place called Carambeí. They were joined on 11 December 1911 by other Dutch immigrants. In 1916, the De Geus & Co. company started to produce cheese; in 1925, seven associates established the Cooperativa Hollandesa de Laticínios, one of the first cooperative companies set up in Brazil. The company was subsequently renamed to Cooperativa mista Batavo Ltda (1941) and Cooperativa de Laticínios do Paraná Ltda (1 March 1954).
The flag and arms of Carambel are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 21 promulgated on 26 May 1997.
The flag of the municipality of Carambel results of the combination of the flags of Brazil and Holland, representing Dutch colonization within the Brazilian state.
The flag is rectangular, with the longer side in the horizontal dimension, composed of two triangles resulting from the increase of the vertices of the central lozenge, one in the upper right canton, yellow, and the other in the lower left canton, green; it is divided by three slanted stripes running from the upper left to the lower right canton. In the center, a white lozenge charged in the center with the coat of arms of the municipality of Carambel.
The colors come from the flags of Brazil and Holland, highlighting the history of the new municipality, a part of the state of Paraná colonized and industrialized by immigrants from Holland.
The first triangle, yellow, resulting from the increase of the angles of the central lozenge in the upper right canton, comes from the Brazilian flag, representing mining resources in Brazil at the time of colonization. The second triangle, green, resulting from the increase of the angles of the central lozenge in the lower left canton, comes from the Brazilian flag, representing Brazil's rainforest, the municipality's hope and productivity.
The three slanted stripes, of equal width, running from the upper left to the lower right canton, are of three different colors: from left to right, red, white and blue. Red comes from the flag of Holland and white comes from the flags of Holland and Brazil, blue comes from the flags of Brazil and Holland. On the flag of Holland, the colors originates in the old coat of arms of the Princes of Orange: a blue horn stringed in white hanging to red ribbons.
The central, white lozenge, in a color present on the flags of Brazil and Holland, represents peace among nations.
The coat of arms of the municipality is placed inside the lozenge.
§2. Coat of arms.
The coat of arms is composed of a Portuguese shield, a model traditionally used in Brazil. The five-towered castle atop the shield represents the municipal seat, with its power, authorities and laws.
The coat of arms is divided into three unequal parts, the upper bigger and the two lower equally smaller, composed of:
In the upper part, a yellow rising sun with orange rays on a white background. In the yellow upper part, arranged in a circular pattern, the writing "GRAÇAS A DEUS" in black, representing acknowledgement to God for the profits of the generous soil and for everything received from the Creator for a prosperous and promising future.
Beneath, a representation of Campos Gerais, extremely fertile and cropped using agricultural machinery and high technology.
The brown lines in the right flank, along the river, represent the cradle of direct sowing on straw.
The man and the tractor represent the great work potential of the people of the municipality of Carambei.
Beneath the man and tractor, Turtles' River, the namesake of the district subsequently elevated a municipality.
In the central lower part, a stylized araucaria, Paraná's tree symbol, representing Campos Gerais.
In the lower left part, a mill representing the municipality's Dutch origin.
In the lower right part, a bird, a pig and a milk cow, representing production and processing of animal products.
The shield supported right by a maize plant and left by wheat and soybean plants fructed, representing the region's resources, crossed in saltire beneath the shield.
A blue scroll inscribed "CARAMBEI" in white capital letters. Left the chronologic abbreviation "13.12.95", date of emancipation, and right the chronologic abbreviation "1997", date of inauguration, all white.
Leis Municipais database
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2022