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Schouwen-Duiveland (The Netherlands)

Zeeland province

Last modified: 2005-12-31 by jarig bakker
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[Schouwen-Duiveland new flag] Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 22 Dec 2005; design: Drs. J.F. van Heijningen

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Schouwen-Duiveland municipality

The municipal flag was designed by Drs. J.F. van Heijningen, inspired by the municipal arms, .
The yellow, black and white stripes are derived from Duiveland. The wavy bends and merman and mermaid from Schouwen. The High Council of Nobility approved this design.

"Four stripes with heights proportioned 2:3:3:2, yellow, blue, white, black, the central ones wavy, with figurines of 1/2 flagheight, consisting of a merman and a mermaid, facing, holding hands countercharged."

The flag will be used on representative occasions. It was approved by the municipal council on 22 Dec 2005.

Once upon a time the fishermen of Westerschouwen caught a mermaid in their nets. Her merman besaught them with tears flowing from his eyes to release her. The fishermen laughed at him and wouldn't let her go. Thereupon the merman said:
"het zal U berouwen".
(Westerschouwen: you will rue this!)

And he was right. The sea swallowed Westerschouwen several times and took thousands of innocent lives.
Source: municipal website.
Gerard van der Vaart, 17 Dec 2005

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 34.496; area: 301,34 km². Settlements: Zierikzee (seat), Brijdorpe, Brouwershaven, Bruinisse, Burgh, Burghsluis, Dreischor, Elkerzee, Ellemeet (part), Haamstede, Kerkwerve, Looperskapelle, Moriaanshoofd, Nieuwerkerk, Nieuwerkerke, Noordgouwe, Noordwelle, Oosterland, Ouwerkerk, Renesse, Scharendijke, Schuddebeurs, Serooskerke, Sirjansland, Westenschouwen, Zonnemaire
Schouwen-Duiveland is a merger of the former municipalities of Brouwershaven, Bruinisse, Duiveland, Middenschouwen, Westenschouwen and Zierikzee (1 Jan 1997).
The municipality doesn't have a flag yet.
Jarig Bakker, 31 May 2003

Schouwen-Duiveland logoflag

Schouwen-Duiveland municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
used temporarily till 22 Dec 2005

Schouwen-Duiveland CoA

[Schouwen-Duiveland CoA] image from the Schouwen-Duiveland website.

Granted 17 Jan 1997

Brouwershaven [former municipality]

former Brouwershaven Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 30 May 1988

Brouwershaven CoA

[Brouwershaven CoA] by Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2004
Granted 9 Jun 1961

Brouwershaven CoA, after "Gemeentewapens van Nederland", 1989. Description: per pale I. or an eagle noir, with on its breast an inescutcheon quartered 1 and 4 or a lion rampant gules; 2 and 3 or a lion rampant noir; II. a lion rampant gules. The shield surmounted by a crown or of five leaves. CoA granted 31 Jul 1817, confirmed 9 Jun 1961.
Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2004

Brouwershaven Watersportvereniging

[Brouwershaven burgee] by Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2004

Watersportvereniging Brouwershaven (Schouwen-Duiveland municipality, Zeeland province), after image from this website: burgee quartered red and black; in the center a white diamond, charged with the Brouwershaven coat of arms.
Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2004

Bruinisse [former municipality]

former Bruinisse Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 20 Jan 1967

Bruinisse CoA

[Bruinisse CoA] image from the Schouwen-Duiveland website.

Granted 31 Jul 1817

Duiveland [former municipality]

former Duiveland Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 27 Mar 1969. This municipality was founded on 1 Jan 1961 by the merger of Nieuwerkerk, Oosterland, and Ouwerkerk.

Duiveland CoA

[Duiveland CoA] image from the Schouwen-Duiveland website.

Granted 19 Feb 1962

Middenschouwen [former municipality]

former Middenschouwen Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 19 Feb 1965. Middenschouwen was formed on 1 Jan 1961 by the merger of Duivendijke, Elkerzee, Ellemeet, and Kerkwerve.

Middenschouwen CoA

[Middenschouwen CoA] image from the Schouwen-Duiveland website.

Granted 12 Feb 1962

Westerschouwen [former municipality]

former Westerschouwen Shipmate Flagchart :

Adopted 31 May 1966. Westerschouwen was founded on 1 Jan 1961 by the merger of Renesse, Burgh, Noordwelle, Serooskerke, and Haamstede.

Westerschouwen CoA

[Westerschouwen CoA] image from the Schouwen-Duiveland website.

Granted 19 Aug 1961.