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Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag (Norway)

Last modified: 2018-09-30 by zoltán horváth
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[Flag of Stjørdal] image by Tomislav Šipek, 17 February 2017

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Here is flag and coat of arms of Verdal. Administrative center is Verdalsøra.
Sources: https://lovdata.no/dokument/OV/forskrift/1972-12-15-11?q=flagg 
Tomislav Šipek, 08 February 2016

Coat of Arms

[Flag of Stokke] image by Tomislav Šipek, 08 February 2016

Blazon: På rød bunn et gull kors, utbøyd og tilspisset.
In English: Gules a cross clechy or.
Approved by the royal resolution of 15 December 1972 after a drawing by Hallvard Trætteberg. [c2j87]
The design is taken from a 14th century painting depicting the death of King Olav II Haraldsson in the battle of Stiklestad (a village now in the Verdal municipality) held at 29 July 1030. The painting is today preserved in the Trondheim cathedral.
The battle was one of the most important in formation of Norwegian state. The shield depicted to have been used by St. Olav there was red with golden cross clechy. As [c2j87] notes, all of his men carry shields with crosses, many of the formy and in various colour combinations, but only king has golden cross on red, and only his also has "points" making it clechy - thus being exclusive one.
Interesting local regulation with coat of arms depicted (and no flag, although the text mentions that there should be further illustrations). However, no particular ratio of flag is prescribed. http://www.verdal.kommune.no/Documents/andre%20dokumenter/kommunevapen_regler.pdf
However, as the use of table banner in the TV interview with the mayor shows, the flag is probably to use the cross in form with equal arms and not "squeezed" as in the COA form.
Željko Heimer, 20 February 2016

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