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Holwerd (The Netherlands)

Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province

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Holwerd village by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004

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Holwerd village (Holwert)

Flag: two horizontal stripes of blue and yellow, proportioned 1:2; over all at 1/3 flaglength a Mercury staff, in blue of white and in yellow of red, af c. 8/9 flagheight.
Holwerd (Frisian: Holwert) is one of the only villages which is steadily growing; at present over 2000 inhabitants. From Holwerd one can sail toward the island of Ameland, a popular holiday-resort. The pier of Holwerd is a very vexy sight with a lot of Rijkswaterstaat-flags and houseflags of Wagenborgen and flags of Fryslân and the Netherlands. The emblem on the flag is of Mercury, the god of the trade, for which this village was renowned. In the 19th century it even had a bookshop, run by the famous Frisian writer Waling Dykstra. The coast on which Holwerd lies is rather straight from east to west, which is symbolized
on the flag by the horizontal stripes (which it has - more or less - in common with the three other coastal villages Engwierum,
Paesens-Moddergat and Wierum). Blue is for the Waddenzee, yellow for land (a lot of wheat used to be grown here).
Jarig Bakker, 29 October 2000

Holwerd Coat of Arms

[Holwerd Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004

Description: "In gold a red Mercury staf; in chief blue with a turned white crescent".
The crescent is from the arms of Ameland.
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"