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by Jan Oskar Engene, 25 June 2002
Approved on 30 November 1984.
Austevoll municipality is situated in Hordaland county.
The fishing industry is the most important industry to the island community of Austevoll, and it is only natural that this should be reflected in its symbols. Actually, before considering adopting arms and a flag, Austevoll used a herring as a logo for three decades. Therefore it was decided that the flag should contain four white herrings, arranged diagonally facing
the hoist, on a field of blue. The colours reflect those of the sea and the fisheries, the herring being known as the silver of the sea. The flag was approved in Royal resolution of 30 November 1984, and was designed by John Digernes.
Jan Oskar Engene, 25 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 blå bunn fire kvite silder på skrå oppover, 1-2-1."
Blazoned in English: "Azure four herrings argent in bend 1-2-1."
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 5 August 2002