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Zadar County (Croatia)

Zadarska zupanija

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County of Zadar (Zadarska z<upanija), Croatia. Adopted 18 June 1998. Ratio: 1:2.
Source: contact with the designer, Bojan Livakovic/, architect from Zagreb
Željko Heimer

Recently I was contacted by the autor of the new flag of the County of Zadar, Croatia, who provided me info on the issue: The County of Zadar (Zadarska z<upanija) was made by the partial territorial reorganization of Croatia on 1 January 1997, from the former county of Zadar-Knin (Zadarsko-kninska z<upanija - Didn't have a flag or Coat of Arms), by excluding from it some parts that more naturally belong to Sibenik surroundings. The former county did not addopt the flag not Coat of Arms.
The flag and Coat of Arms are adopted on 18 June 1998, as a result of public concurse, on which Bojan Livakovic/, architect from Zagreb, got the winning prize for his design.
Coat of Arms: Azure, a church of St. Cross Argent; in chief Argent, an olive branch proper.
Flag: horizontally wavy divided bicolour of white over blue, with golden bordered Coat of Arms of the County in the middle. Ratio 1:2.
Željko Heimer, 8 January 1999

The County of Zadar bears in her coat of arms the church of St. Cross on blue background, and a branch of olive in white chief. The flag is horizontaly wavy divided white over blue bicolour with the golden bordered coat of arms in the middle.
The ceremonial flag of type called gonfanon is not officially prescribed, but in use never the less. The church of St. Cross is in Nin, bulit in 9th century in old Croatian pre-romanic style. In Nin, today small town north of Zadar was in 864 AD established the first diocese on territory under Croatian rulers. The olive branch represent not only one of the traditional products of the region, but is also symbolic for peace. The County of Zadar is situated in northern Dalmatia. It was formed in 1993 as the County of Zadar and Knin and included a larger parts of hinterland that de jure was part of Knin Kotar, but was in fact occupied and was part of Republic of Srpska Krajina. In the 1997 reform the southern parts of that hinterland were transfered to Sibenik County.
Željko Heimer

The source confirming the flag - the County statutes available on-line on Zadarska županija site at <>: Statut Zadarske županije, 15. ožujka 2002. Službeni glasnik Zadarske županije, br. ?/02
Željko Heimer, 2 October 2003

Ceremonial Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 18 January 1999

Ceremonial flag of the County of Zadar (Zadarska z<upanija), Croatia, unofficial design
Date: CoA and official flag adopted 18-JUN-1998
Source: contact with the designer, Bojan Livakovic/, architect from Zagreb

I mentioned that there exists an unfofficially used vertical flag of the County, as I was informed by the flag designer. Today I have received from him the image of that unofficial, but still used, flag. It is used as a ceremonial flag of the county, vertically hoisted, whith "tails" at the lower end.
Željko Heimer, 18 January 1999

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer