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The municipality of Sapopema (6,751 inhabitants in 2018; 67,761 ha) is
located 320 km north-west of Curitiba. The municipality is composed of the
districts of Sapopema (seat), Vida Nova (established by State Law No. 7,523
promulgated on 22 September 1984) and Lambari (established by State Law No.
5,642 promulgated on 27 October 1984)
Sapopema was established in 1936 by Engineer Antônio Martins Paraná, who built a house near a sapopema tree, Sloanea hirsuta (Schott) Planch. ex Benth.; quite uncommon in the region, the tree was used as a landmark and therefore not uprooted during the establishment of the old road connecting Curitiba to Londrina.
The district of Sapopema was established by State Law No. 790 promulgated on 14 November 1951, to be elevated a municipality, separating from Curiúva, by State Law No. 4,245 promulgated on 22 September 1960. The municipality was inaugurated on 28 October 1961.
The flag and arms of Sapopema are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 133 promulgated on 27 June 1980.
The flag is red with a black cross skewed to the hoist and superimposed by a white disc inscribing the municipal coat of arms.
The black color means strength, constancy, prudence, simplicity, wisdom, science, moderation, honesty and plenty. The color gules (red) represents struggle, courage, audacity, the way to fight for the progress of the municipality.
The Iberian shield was used in Portugal at the time of the discovery of Brazil. The color gules (red) represents struggle, courage, audacity, the way to fight for the progress of the municipality. The tree signifies fertility and faithfulness. Or indicates wealth, nobility, glory, builds progress and generates prosperity in the municipality. Of the eight towers, only five are represented on the coat of arms, as the symbol of political emancipation; the black open doors emphasize the hospitality of Sapopema's people. Maize and rice emphasize the fertility of Sapopema's soil and the importance of these products for the town.
Ivan Sache, 9 February 2022