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by Jan Oskar Engene, 29 June 2002
Approved on 8 July 1977.
Voss municipality is situated in Hordaland county.
The design of the flag for Voss originates as early as 1961. However, official approval was only granted on 8 July 1977. The arms of Voss were the first municipal arms to be approved in Hordaland since Bergen's in 1924. The design was based on a medieval pattern. A stag is found on the arms of Peter Bonde, known on a seal from 1303. The modern arms of Voss
added colours, resulting in a silver stag on red. On the flag used by the municipality the silver is substituted with white. Besides readopting arms with a local history, the deer is also a common animal in the area.
Jan Oskar Engene, 29 June 2002
Source: The text and image are based on research Engene did for an article published in the German vexillological journal Der Flaggenkurier, No. 2, 1996 [joe96]. Consult this article for detailed references to sources.
Official blazon in Norwegian: "På raud grunn ein opprett kvit hjort."
Blazoned in English: "Gules a deer stag argent."
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002