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Salzland County (Germany)

Salzlandkreis, Sachsen-Anhalt

Last modified: 2019-10-25 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: salzland | aschersleben-stassfurt | bernburg(county) | calbe(county) | schoenebeck(county) | salt basket | eagle(black) | chequered(12) | bear(black) | pall(wavy) | tower |
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[Salzland County flag] 3:5 image by Jens Pattke, 25 Dec 2007
approved 11 July 2007

Former Counties: See also:

Introduction of Salzland County

The official name of of the county of Salzland is "Salzlandkreis". The Salzlandkreis is a county in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Its capital is Bernburg (Saale). This county was established by merging the former counties of Aschersleben-Staßfurt (except the town of Falkenstein/Harz), Bernburg and Schönebeck as part of the administrative reform of 1 July 2007.
Jens Pattke, 25 Dec 2007

Salzland Banner

[Salzland County banner] image by Jens Pattke, 25 Dec 2007

Salzland Coat of Arms

[Salzland County CoA] image by Jens Pattke, 25 Dec 2007

Shield quartered; 1st and 4th quarter Gules a salt basket Argent, decorated Or; 2nd quarter Argent an eagle Sable, armed and tongued Or with clover stems Or; 3rd quarter on a slightly bendy embattled wall Gules masoned Sable, a bear passant Sable.
Meaning:
The county received on 23 November 2007 the official authorization for the use of proper symbols. Very striking in the shield of the coat of arms (in first and fourth field) is a salt basket (Salzkorb). The basket came from the old coat of arms of the village, later city of Groß-Salze (- 1926), now part of the city of Schönebeck. It symbolises the name of the county - Salzland (= Salt Country). The other parts of the shield of the coat of arms display the former State of Anhalt (third field) and the former Prussian Province of Saxonia (second field).
The new symbols were approved on 11 July 2007 by the County Council (Kreistag).
Jens Pattke, 25 Dec 2007


Aschersleben-Staßfurt County

Aschersleben-Staßfurt County Flag

[Aschersleben-Staßfurt county flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 9 Jan 2007

It was a red over white horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: obsolete link to Hauptsatzung
Jörg Majewski, 9 Jan 2007

Aschersleben-Staßfurt County Banner

[Aschersleben-Staßfurt hanging flag] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 9 Jan 2007

It was a red-white vertical bicolour with arms shifted to the top.
Source: obsolete link to Hauptsatzung
Jörg Majewski, 9 Jan 2007

Aschersleben-Staßfurt County Coat of Arms

[Aschersleben-Staßfurt CoA] image by Jörg Majewski, 9 Jan 2007

Shield quartered; 1st quarter chequered of 12 of Sable and Argent; 2nd quarter Argent an eagle Sable, armed and tongued Or with clover stems Or; 3rd quarter Argent an embattled wall Gules in bend, masoned Sable, on the embattlements a bear passant Sable; 4th quarter parted per fess of Gules over Argent.
Meaning:
The arms combine those of the historical parts of the nowadays county. The 1st quarter displays the arms of the Counts of Aschersleben, the 2nd quarter displays the Prussian eagle as the county belonged to Brandenburg-Prussia since 1650, the 3rd quarter displays the arms of the State of Anhalt, which are similar to the arms of the Counts of Bernburg, finally the 4th quarter displays the arms of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg, later Duchy of Magdeburg.
The arms were approved on 27 February 1995.
Sources: German WIKIPEDIA and Ralf Hartemink's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Aug 2018


Bernburg County

Bernburg County Flag

[Bernburg county flag#2]
3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 13 Jan 2007
[Bernburg county flag#1]
2:3 image by Falko Schmidt and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Oct 2019
   

It was a red over green over white horizontal tricolour with centred arms ( see left image above).
The county councul adopted a different flag on 30 January 1991, which was approved by Minister of Interior of Saxony-Anhalt on 25 June 1992. The approval was however cancelled on 1 June 1995 and a more modern version with the usual Iberian shield (German: Halbrundschild) was required by the authority. The former flag was basically the same ( see left image above), but the arms were shifted to the hoist and the shield had an traditional shape as used since 1561.
Sources: Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise , Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz Sachsen und des Landes Anhalt", Ansbach 1996; pp.36-37 and obsolete link to Hauptsatzung
Jörg Majewski, 13 Jan 2007 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Oct 2019

Bernburg County Coat of Arms

[Bernburg county CoA] image by Jörg Majewski, 13 Jan 2007

Shield Argent, an embattled wall Gules in bend, masoned Sable, on the embattlements a bear passant Sable, tongued Gules and collared Argent.
Meaning:
The bear on a wall is identical to the arms of the Princes of Anhalt from the Bernburg branch. The dynasty was split into several branches in 1251. The arms were the main part of the arms of the Princes, the Principality and later the State of Anhalt. The present arms thus go back to the old arms of Anhalt.
approved on 15 June 1992 and confirmed on 1 June 1995
Source: Ralf Hartemink's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Aug 2018


Schönebeck County

Schönebeck County Flag

[Schönebeck county flag] 2:3 image by Jörg Majewski, 11 Jan 2007

It is a white over red horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: obsolete link to Hauptsatzung
Jörg Majewski, 11 Jan 2007

Schönebeck County Coat of Arms

[Schönebeck county CoA] image by Jörg Majewski, 11 Jan 2007

Shield Gules; a pall wavy Argent, charged with wavy lines Azure flowing together; issuant from pall an embattled wall Argent masoned Sable with three towers of the same.
Meaning:
The arms are symbolising the confluence of Elbe and Saale. The towers are representing the three cities in the county; Schönebeck, Barby and Calbe. The arms are based on the arms of the former Calbe County, (see below).
The arms were approved on 10 October 1991.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Aug 2018


Calbe County (- 1950)

Calbe County Flag


[ flag] 2:3 speculative image by Falko Schmidt and Klaus-Michael Schneider,

There had been mentioned just colours of red and silver. The existence of a flag with arms is not completely certain.
Sources: Main State Archive Magdeburg (LHA), Rep. C28 I e III, nr. 291, Blatt 185 and Erwin Günther: "Wappen und Flaggen der Stadt- und Landkreise Sachsen-Anhalts, der ehemaligen Provinz sachsen und des Landes Anhalt", p.71, Ansbach 1996
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Oct 2019

Calbe County Coat of Arms

Shield Gules; an asymmetrical pall wavy Argent, charged with wavy lines Azure flowing together; issuant from pall an embattled wall Argent masoned Sable with an embattled tower of the same.
Meaning:
The arms are symbolising the confluence of Elbe and Saale near Barby. Wall and tower are representing the namesake fortress, being part of Limes Sorabicus, the former border between the Holy Roman Empire and West Slavic tribes in the 9th and 10th century.
Sources: Ralf Hartemink's webpage and Main State Archive Magdeburg (LHA), Rep. C28 I e III, nr. 291, Blätter 185, 190, 191
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Oct 2019

The county existed probably with short interruptions between 1933 and 1950, was renamed to Schönebeck County (see above) and kept its symbols until 1952
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Oct 2019


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