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Delnice (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

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Last modified: 2005-11-12 by dov gutterman
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Delnice is a city with somewhat more then 6000 inhabitants some 30 km due east of Rijeka in Gorski Kotar and it is today the most important city in that mountainious region, no doubt because it is situated on the road Zagreb-Rijeka.
The Coat of Arms is: Azure a man standing on a mount vert propped a scite proper. The man is clead in local garment - white shirt, golden rimmed black waistcoat, green trousers and with a black hat with golden ribbon. The coat of arms originates probably from 18th century. It is shown, e.g. in Zmajicic's 1971 book [zma71].
The flag is unknown to me. Both the flag and the modern design of the Coat of Arms must have been adopted around 1995.
Source: [osg02] Oštric Goroslav: Monumenta heraldica, izbor iz heraldicke baštine primorsko-goranske županije, Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeke, 2002.
Željko Heimer, 20 June 2003

I received mail from Robert Grubisa from Rijeka informing me on the flag. Here is translation sumarized:
Delnice - The flag is dark green with the coat of arms in the middle. Information based on an article in Novi List newspapers.
Željko Heimer, 6 July 2003

The flag and the Coat of Arms are adopted on 3rd March 1995 by the decision issued in the official gazette soon afterwards: Odluka o grbu i zastavi Opcione Delnice, 03.03.1995, Službene novine Županije primorsko-goranske, br. 9/95, 08. svibnja 1995.
The man in the Coat of Arms is desribed to be a forestry worker - young, brown-haired, with black hat, clead in a silver shirt with black golden edged overcoat and in green tight troursers wearing brown high shoes. The tool he is holding is described as a pick, so my previous blazon should be ammended accordingly. The flag is green with the coat of arms in the middle bordered with a golden edge.
Željko Heimer, 17 August 2003

The decision: Odluka o mjestima i obvezi isticanja zastave Grada Delnica, 30.05.2003, Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, br. 16/03, 18.06.2003, prescribes the palces where the city flag is to be hoisted and in which circumstances. basicaly, the flag is to be mandatory hoisted on the City Day - 24 July, St. John the Baptist as well as on the public holydays of the Republic of Croatia, epsecially in those listed: 1 May, 22 June (Day of Antifascist Strugle), 25 June (Statehood Day), 5 August (Day of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving), 8 October (Independence Day).
The places where the flag is to be hoisted in those occasions is in Delnice, on the road entering Delnice from Rijeka and two other specified places in the city, in the settlements aroudn the city where there are seats of local subdivision administration and, where such exist, on the buildings of the culture centers, and in all other settlements (towns, villages) on the territory of the city of Delnice.
Furtheron, the decision gives permition to all phyisical and legal persons to use the city flag on their property or objects that they use in those prescribed days, following the manner of hoisting prescribed in the decision on the Coat of Arms and the flag. This is quite unusual and "liberal" decision, considering that otherwise the usage of municpal flags is quite restirctive in Croatia.
For some reason, probably and error the same decision was printed in a previous issue of the official gazette: Odluka o mjestima i obvezi isticanja zastave Grada Delnica, 30.05.2003, Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, br. 15/03, 06.06.2003.
Still before this, other decision was made: Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Delnica, 31.03.2003, Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, br. 11/03, 17.04.2003. I have not quite compared it word for word with the 1995 decision, but as far as I could notice the decision is basically the same, modification being mostly due to the change of status from the community to a city.
Željko Heimer, 15 October 2005

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 20 June 2003