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Krapina-Zagorje County (Croatia)

Krapisnko-Zagorska Zupanija

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by dov gutterman
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image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

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The Flag

I just received mail from Krapinsko-zagorska zupanija, confirming that they have recently adopted a new flag, as indicated on Janko Ehrlich's site. They are expecting this flag to be approved by central administration
Željko Heimer, 10 March 2000

The flag is red with yellow stripes allong upper and lower edge (width 1/10 of hoist each). In the middle there is the Coat of Arms bordered yellow. Ratio 1:2. Adopted: 21 December 1999.
One should note that there are three different shades of red used in those flags, maybe to visualise possible difference of the materials used (?) :
CMYK 0 80 100 0 - red fields in Coat of Arms
CMYK 10 100 100 0 - red field of the flag
CMYK 20 100 100 5 - red field of The Ceremonial Flag
Yellow is in all flags the same Pantone Process Yellow (that's CMYK 0 0 100 0). But on the ceremonial flag for the linden fruit are used other two shade Pantone 122 CV (for "berries") and Pantone 1205 CV (for the "leaf").
Željko Heimer , 24 March 2000

Ceremonial Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 8 May 2004

The ceremonial flag is gonfalon with triangual ending, five sleave rectanges at the top, red bordered with yellow and with yellow fringe along the lower sides. In the middle is the Coat of Arms bordered yellow, above it arched inscription bearingh the name of the community in three lines, below two yellow branches - a vine with grapes and a linden branch with it's fruit. Approximate ratio 1:2.
Željko Heimer, 24 March 2000

Above you can read on the ceremonial flag of the Krapina- Zagorje County as it is described in the original documentation. However, at least since 2002 there were reported in use table flags that were different from that design, namely instead of the branches below the coat of arms, they have an arc of the tripple wattle.
I believe that until now it was not confirmed weather the real unique ceremonial flag was also done with the wattle arc, or if only the table flags are made so.
Željko Heimer, 8 May 2004

There are two reported version of the ceremonial flag of the County. I just received a definitive confirmation that the one with the wattle is the one in use and the one with the branches apparently was never produced. A photo in local magazine Zagorski list, br.34, 9 June 2004. shows the three flags on display in the Krapina-Zagorje County Assembly Hall - the middle one is the flag of Croatia, to its right (viewer's left) is the ceremonial flag of the county and on the other side is the ceremonial flag of the city of Krapina. I believe that such display of two ceremonial flags together is rather unusual, probably the two share the same assembly hall.
It may be interesting to note that the two flags side by side on the photo clearly show different rectangular sleaves in the upper edge. I do not find any specialy meaning in that, but just an observation.
Željko Heimer, 11 June 2004

There is a decision titled: Odluka o izgledu svecane zastave Krapinsko-zagorske županije, Krapina, 17. prosinca 1999. Kl: 021-04/99-01/168, Urbr. 2140/1-01-99- 1.   The decision made at the same time when the new 1999 design of the county flag was made, determines the design of the ceremonial flag as well. Unlike the ceremonial flag that was at first planned, with two branches below the coat of arms, the design including the arched wattle was adopted.   Tomislav Šipek already pointed to me that the table flags are made in the pattern with an arc of the tripple wattle. I have had that info before the congress in Stockholm, but after I have sent the final text to the editor. Therefore I have shown this, what I considered a variation then, on my presentation in Stockholm, but this is not included in the proceedings. also, I believe that I have published the errorneous design in some other publications before that also.   Afterwards, Tomislav confirmed that not only the table flags are made without the branches, but the real ceremonial flag as well. I finally found a document to support that.   The flag with branches is thus just an unadopted proposal after all.
Željko Heimer, 18 December 2004

Unadopted Proposal

image by Željko Heimer , 24 March 2000

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Previous (Unofficial) Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

The Coat of Arms of Krapina-Zagorje is variation of the Coat of Arms of Krapina city, surrounded with the heraldic tent, "crowned" with the full Coat of Arms of Croatia. There is no crown here, but surely the state Coat of Arms is unapproprate here, and certainly forbiden by the law(s). The flag reported in use is red with Coat of Arms in the middle. No info on adoption or approval.
The County of Krapina - Zagorje is situated north of Zagreb, towards Slovenian border. The area is considered as a typical rural surrounding of the capital, although it is industrialized, mostly with light industry. On numerous hills there are many medieval and baroque castles and parks, and the coat of arms is therefore rightly chosen. There is a core of one of the three main Croatian dialects there, called 'kaykavian' (kajkavski).
Željko Heimer, 21 October 1998

Adopted around 1995, never approved by the Ministry of Administration, inspite in de facto use, abandoned December 1999. This was the horizontal variant, rarely in use.
Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Previous (Unofficial) Ceremonial Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Ceremonial, vertical flag of Krapina-Zagorje County, 199x-1999. Often used.
Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Previous (Unofficial) Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2000

Question to flower experts - name a small field flower haing yellow seeds and small pointed white pettals. In Croatian they are called  "ivanc<ica", clearly connected with deminutive feminin form of the name "Ivan" (John). I guess that it is not only the Croatian "stereotype" that these flowers are used often by young gilrs for making girdles playing fairy queens and similar.
In any case, when we get the name of the flower - it is that flower that is shown as four things that hangs from the heraldic mantly in the former (and never approved) coat of arms of Krapina-Zagorje county. Those flowers were chose for canting reasons to remind on the mountain of the same name (Ivanc<ica) that dominates the County landscape.
Željko Heimer, 10 September 2000

They look to me very much like what we call daisies. They are a widespread wildflower in America (and probably elsewhere) and often used by small children here as ornaments.
Al Kirsch, 10 September 2000

I agree with Al's identifiaction, even if it causes me some linguistical-botanical trouble. Daisy seems to be used in English both for big and small daisy-like flowers, which belong to two different botanical species:
- the "big" daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare in Latin, marguerite in French.
- the "small" daisy, Bellis perennis, paquerette in French.

The "big" daisy is involved in the game "effeuiller la marguerite" (litt. to pick the petals off the daisy), a "she loves me - she loves me not" game. Every picked petal is associated with a special level of expected love (from "not at all" to "madly"). The level corresponding to the last petal tells what can be expected. The game is difficult to play with "small" daisies, because their petals are too small.
Botanically , daisy flowers are not "flowers" but "composite inflorescences", specifically called "capitules" ("small heads in Latin"). The name of this flower family (including dandelion, artichoke, cornflower, salsify, thistles ...) was Composaceae, until the new Botanical Code changed it to Asteraceae (association with a genius name is now mandatory, so forgot the Graminaceae and other Cruciferaceae). Both the white "petals" and the yellow "seeds" of the inflorescence are in fact true flowers, and the inflorescence is made of hundreds of them. The white "petals" are in fact the petals of the outer flowers (a singel petal for each flower), whereas the inner yellow flowers do not have petals.
Ivan Sache, 10 September 2000

I agree, these are properly known as asters, maybe because they look like stars?
John S. Ayer, 11 September 2000