Last modified: 2005-08-26 by antonio martins
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Communal flags in Portugal follow the same rules as municipal — in fact, unless
you have an atlas built in your brain or it is writen on the flag itself, communal
and municipal flags are virtually indistinguishable! The flag pattern (quartered or
gyronny) and the number of castles on the mural crown of the coat of arms (3, 4 or
5) do indicate the seat's rank: village (aldeia), town (vila) and city
(cidade) — but that is a not so clear indication, since some cities and most
towns (new ones) are not municipality seats… So, one is never sure.
António Martins, 06 Mar 1998
My database shows 4179 communes as of early 1998, so a good guess
would be 4200 by now… Communes and municipalities span a very wide and
overlapping range, both in area and in population.
António Martins, 12 Dec 1999
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