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Finspång (Sweden)

Last modified: 2005-10-08 by phil nelson
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[Flag of Finspång] image by Valentin Poposki, 24 September 2005
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The flag can be described as a banner of arms. The upper field of the arms has an iron sign, due to the iron and steel industry of the town. The lower field includes the arms of the family De Geer; Louis De Geer came to Finspång from Wallonia in the 17th Century and built up the iron industry. The family De Geer has since been very prosperous in Sweden and two times we have had a De Geer as prime minister.

Elias Granqvist, 25 September 2005

Louis de Geer was born in Liège 17 Nov 1587, son of Louis de Gaillarmont. The family moved to Dordrecht in 1596 for economic reason (trouble with the guilds). Louis (or Lodewijk) associated with the Trip family in the money and arms trade. He became puissant rich by the 30-years war, delivering ammo to all parties, and monopolizing the Swedish mines (silver in Sala, copper in Falun, iron in Dannemora). When he died 19 Jun 1652 in Amsterdam he left a fortune of HFL 1,5 million.
Source: Nijhoffs Geschiedenislexicon Nederland en België, 1981.
Jarig Bakker, 25 September 2005