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Vinodol (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

Vinodolska opc'ina

Last modified: 2005-11-05 by dov gutterman
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Vinodolska (the Community of Vinodol) is the only community in Croatia that has name in adjective form, for the historical reasons. Therefore the name in Croatian is formally "Opc'ina Vinodolska". The seat of administration is the place named Bribir. This is the home town of the very important family of Frankopans (bearing title Bribirski). The community has problems adopting symbols since so many other communities and cities that have historical connection to Frankapans already show some of their symbols it is not easy to find a suitable one. Anyway, the Local Community Bribir (Mjesna zajednica, subdivision of the communit) adopted a Coat of Arms that may be seen on <> and the bicollour green over blue flag with that Coat of Arms at <>. The Community adopted a decision on the Coat of Arms and the flag but I do not have it. According to the official from the community who answered my inquieries, the Ministry of Administration rejected the adopted design, so the proces of adoption is still going on. I hope to get some more info from him soon. In the official gazette was issued an other decision afterwards dealing with the procedures and requirements for the grant of use of the symbols: Odluka o mjerilima i postupku za odobrenje uporabe grba i zastave Opcine Vinodolske, 12.04.2003, Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, br. 17/03, 26.06.2003.
Željko Heimer, 16 October 2005

The Community of Vinodol (Vinodolska opcina) is in the process of adopting symbols, since their previously adopted symbols were rejected by the Ministry of Administration and are not used any more.
A former member of the community assembly Josip Kalafatic, sent me a scan of a community table flag as well as the info about the coat of arms and the flag.
The coat of arms of the Community of Vinodol, designed by G. Blaževic, Novi Vinodolski, is in the shape traditional for the coat of arms of Bribir, adapting the contents: Azure a valley with steep mountains vert beneath it a barulet wavy also azure and in the base a buch of grapes or slipped and with two leaves vert and in the chief a mullet or.
The flag is green with the coat of arms in the middle.
The table flag is vertical triangularly ending bordered golden with the coat of arms in the middle and above the arched inscription of the name of the community "Opcina Vinodolska" and below the name of the seat of administration "Sjedište Bribir".
The mullet is reference to the medieval rulers Frankapans, dukes of Krk and of Bribir, while the valey and the grapes are canting the name of the community ("wine-valey").
The design was rejected by the Ministry of Administration and is not used any more. While at it, the local community (Mjesna zajednica, a subdivision of the community) of Bribir uses the traditional coat of arms, as shown on <> and a flag, bicolour green over blue with the coat of arms in the middle, as shown on the photo as <>.  There is a decision of 2003 from the official gazette. Somehow it is odd that the community would reach a decision on how to grant the right to use the coat of arms and the flag to commercials subjects, while they still don't have any decision on the flag and the coat of arms itself, but so it is, apparently.
Željko Heimer, 29 October 2005

Rejected Symbols


image by Željko Heimer, 29 October 2005

Table Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 29 October 2005

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 29 October 2005