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Bas-Rhin (Department, France)

Last modified: 2021-07-11 by ivan sache
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Flag of the department of Bas-Rhin - Image by Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 24 October 2009

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Administrative data

Code: 67
Region: Grand Est (Alsace until 2014)
Traditional province: Alsace
Bordering departments: Moselle, Haut-Rhin, Vosges
Bordering country: Germany (Federal States of Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg)

Area: 4,755 km2
Population (2015): 1,121,407 inhabitants

Préfecture: Strasbourg
Sous-préfectures: Haguenau, Molsheim, Saverne, Sélestat
Subdivisions: 5 arrondissements, 23 cantons, 514 municipalities.

The department is named ("Lower-Rhine") after river Rhine.

The Collectivité européenne d'Alsace (CeA; Alsatian: D'Europäischa Gebiatskärwerschàft Elsàss) was established as the merger of the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin, voted on 25 July 2019 by the French Parliament, with effect on 1 January 2021.
The new collectivity has the competencies of a department and some other of a region. The departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin do not exist anymore as territorial collectivities with elected Departmental Councils, but only as administrative dfistricts for the action of the pré, who represents the State in each department.

Olivier Touzeau, 13 February 2021

Flag of Bas-Rhin

The flag of the department of Bas-Rhin is a banner of the arms of the department,"Gules a bend cotised fleury argent", officially adopted on 5 May 1948. These are the former arms of Lower-Alsace, which also appear on the flag of Region Alsace and on the flag of the traditional province of Alsace (as a bend sinister).
The arms appeared for the first time in 1262, on a seal of the Counts of Werd, who were Landgraves of Lower- Alsace in 1156; the arms with these tinctures are found in an English Roll of the 13th century.

ascal Vagnat & Brian Timms, 24 October 2009

Former Departmental Council of Bas-Rhin


Flag of the Departmental Council of Bas-Rhin - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 May 2017

Following the 2015 reform, the General Council was renamed to Departmental Council and updated its logo accordingly.
The flag in current use, as seen on 10 May 2017 at the entrance of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, is white with the logo of the Departmental Council.

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2017

Former General Council of Bas-Rhin


Flag of the former General Council of Bas-Rhin - Image by Ivan Sache, 20 September 2010

The flag of the General Council of Bas-Rhin, as hoisted, together with the flags of Bas-Rhin, France and the European Union, in front of the General Council's Hall in Strasbourg, is dark red with the General Council's logo in the middle.

The left quarter of the logo of the General Council is made of the stylized map of the department, in dark red, flanked on its right by a white stripe and a light blue stripe representing river Rhine, which forms the border with Germany. The rest of the logo is made of the writing "CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL / BAS-RHIN" in black letters, the hyphen being dark red.
This logo, adopted in January 2010, is a modernization of the previous logo, which used a geographic map of the department crossed by a white diagonal, seriffed letters and the institution's name bigger than the department's name. The rounding of all the elements is expected to convey ideas of modernity and dynamism. The change in the respective proportions of the letters put the emphasis on the territory rather than on the institution. The dark red colour of the hyphen seems also to be a significant element.
The new logo is part of the new graphic charter of the department, which also includes the redesign of the official website. Guy-Dominique Kennel, the President of the General Council, said that the V.O. (Voituriez & Obringer) agency, from Strasbourg, was paid 17,000 € for the new charter; Denis Lieb, General Councillor of Sarre-Union, however, found an official document allocating 47,000 € to the agency.
[Les Dernières Nouvelles du Lundi, 31 May 2010].

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 20 September 2010

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