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Altmark County Salzwedel (Germany)

Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, Sachsen-Anhalt

Last modified: 2020-06-02 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: altmark county salzwedel | salzwedel(county) | gardelegen(county) | demi-eagle(red) | lion(blue) | bar(yellow) | lion(yellow) |
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[Altmark Salzwedel County flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 16 Jan 2007

See also:

Altmark County Salzwedel

Altmark County Salzwedel Flag

Here are the flags of Altmark Salzwedel county.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt, 1996" , p.27

The county isn't affected by the local government county reform of 1 July 2007.
Jörg Majewski, 16 Jan 2007

Altmark County Salzwedel Banner

[Altmark Salzwedel vertical flag] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 16 Jan 2007

Altmark County Old Flag

[Altmark Salzwedel vertical flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewskiand Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

It was a blue-yellow vertical bicolour with centred arms.
The flag was approved on 8 January 1996.
After the approval the county council didn't adopt the flag, as the colours were said to be inappropriate, only referring to Braunschweig-Lüneburg, to which parts of the county belonged in the past.
Source: letter from county central services department to Erwin Günther, sent on 22 January 1996. Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

Altmark County Salzwedel Coat of Arms

[Altmark Salzwedel CoA] image by Jörg Majewski, 16 Jan 2007

Shield parted per pale; at dexter Argent a demi-eagle Gules armed Or andcouped per pale; at sinister parted per fess, above Or a lion rampant Azure armed and tongued Gules, beneath Azure a finial Or topped by a cross moline.
Meaning:
The demi-eagle is a differentiation of the arms of the Margraves of Brandenburg, local rulers for centuries. The lion is representing the Dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg and Klötze Subcounty (Amt), as the subcounty became a possession of the dukes in 1343, , later of the Electorate of Hannover. Finally it was ceded to Prussia in 1815. The finial had been a metal fitting and was fixed on the shield of Margrave Albrecht the Bear. It was already displayed on his seal from 1162 and that one of his son Otto I from 1164. The finial is alluding to the Askanian kin and especially to Margrave Albrecht, who gained the fiefdom over the Altmark in 1134 and started the conquest of Brandenburg the same year and to the historical importance of this margrave for the general development of the region.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt, 1996" , p.25
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Oct 2019


Salzwedel County (- 1994)

Salzwedel County Flag (- 1994)

[Salzwedel County flag] 2:3 image by Falko Schmidt and Klaus-Michael Schneider 23 Oct 2019

It was a red over white horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise , Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt", Ansbach 1996, p.27
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

Salzwedel County Banner (- 1994)

[Salzwedel county banner] 5:2 image by Falko Schmidt and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

It was a red-white vertical bicolour with centred arms.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise , Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt", Ansbach 1996, p.27
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

Salzwedel County Coat of Arms (- 1994)

Shield parted per fess, above Argent a demi-eagle issuant Gules armed Or, beneath Sable two bars Or.
Meaning:
The red eagle is a modification of the arms of the Margraves of Brandenburg, having ruled there for centuries. The golden bars are taken from the family arms of the Askanian kin since Albrecht the Bear. The arms were approved on 17 August 1937 by Prussian Minister of State. The flag was in use from 1991 until 1994, but had never been approved officially.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's webpage

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019


Gardelegen County (- 1994)

Gardelegen County Flag

[Gardelegen County flag] 3:5 image by Falko Schmidt and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

It was a red over green horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise , Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt", Ansbach 1996, p.26
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

Gardelegen County Banner

[Gardelegen county banner] 5:2 image by Falko Schmidt and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

It was a red-green vertical bicolour with centred arms.
The design was published in Hauptsatzung of Gardelegen County, version 26 September 1992. The green colour had been chosen, in order to distinguish the flag from that one of Salzwedel County.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise , Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt", Ansbach 1996, p.26
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

Gardelegen County Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess, above Argent a demi-eagle issuant Gules armed Or, beneath Gules a lion passant Or, armed and tongued Azure.
Meaning:
The red eagle is a modification of the arms of the Margraves of Brandenburg, having ruled there for centuries. The lion is taken from the arms of the Dukes of Braunschweig, whose arms displayed since 1199 two lions passant guardant.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2019

The arms were approved on 14 September 1938 by Prussian Minister of State and confirmed in the local Hauptsatzung, version 26 September 1992.


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