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Flag of Labin - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 February 2004
Labin (Italian, Albona) is located some 30 km north-east of Pula. It has some 13,000 inhabitants, about 9,000 of them living in the town itself.
The town of Labin / Albona was occupied by the Italian forces at the end of the First World War. It was then annexed by Italy after the Treaty of Rapallo (12 November 1920). On 2 March 1921 the miners of Albona made a strike and proclaimed the "Republic of Albona", with a clearly Socialist organization. The town was soon encircled by the army and surrendered without fighting on 8 April 1921. The leaders of the strikers were put on trial and acquitted by the tribunal of Pola / Pula.
Željko Heimer & Guido Abate, 20 February 2004
The symbols of Labin are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Labina, published in 1993 in the Town official gazette Službeni novine Grada Labina, No. 3.
The symbols are described in the Town Statutes Statut Grada Labina, adopted on 9 October 2001 by the Town Assembly and published in Službeni novine Grada Labina. This is repeated in the today's Town Statutes Statut Grada Labina, adopted on 6 april 2006 by the Town Assembly and published in Službeni novine Grada Labina, No. 4.
The flag is in proportions 1:2, red with the coat of arms, in full colors, in the middle.
Željko Heimer, 5 September 2009
Coat of arms of Labin - Image by Željko Heimer, 2 August 1997
The coat of arms is described in the Town Statutes as "the historical coat of arms, in an oval (egg-like) shield argent a red convex cross bordered with a golden hatched ring, all on a silver cartouche flanked on both sides with three horizontal red lines and with green lily branches in the base".
The lower end of the cartouche reminds a cog wheel, as Labin is the most industrially developed part of Istria.
Željko Heimer, 20 February 2004
Ceremonial flag of Labin - Image by Željko Heimer, 22 March 2009
The ceremonial flag (Tv images, HRT1, 22 March 2009), apparently kept in the Town Assembly hall, is a red gonfalon ending triangularly and with three tails, edged yellow and with a yellow fringe along the bottom. In the middle of it is the coat of arms in full colors and above it the name of the town.
Željko Heimer, 22 March 2009
Unofficial flags of Labin - Images by Željko Heimer, 2 August 1997
A red flag with a (white) monochromous representation of the town arms was used in the 1990s, even after the adoption of the official flag in 1993. I have seen the same flag in yellow or blue instead of red on several places in the town. A whiteflag with the coat of arms in full colors was also reported.
Željko Heimer, 2 August 1997