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City of Neustadt/Dosse (Ostprignitz-Ruppin County, Brandenburg, Germany)

Stadt Neustadt/Dosse

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[City of Neustadt/Dosse (Ostprignitz-Ruppin County, Brandenburg, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 1993

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Neustadt/Dosse is a small city (3,600 inhabitants) in Ostprignitz-Ruppin. The flag, introduced in 1993, is red-white-blue with the arms. Source: Günther 1995. The beasts on the coat of arms are quite unusual for a city in Brandenburg: a lion striped white and red (like on the arms of Hesse), and an elk (!), probably unique in German civic heraldry. Bensing et al. 1984 explains their origin as follows. The arms were granted in the 17th century by the count of Hesse-Homburg who owned the land at that time. The count had a Swedish wife, and to the honour of her country the elk was included.

Stefan Schwoon, 10 April 2001