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Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang (Germany)

Gemeinde Sankt Wolfgang, Kreis Erding, Oberbayern District, Bavaria

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Hanging Flag / Banner Flapping Flag / Knatterfahne

[Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang, hanging flag (Erding County, Bavaria, Germany)]
[Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang, flapping flag (Erding County, Bavaria, Germany)] both by M. Schmöger
Flag and coat-of-arms approved 12 June 1973

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The Gemeinde Sankt Wolfgang adopted arms on 12th June 1973, blazon: Per fess wavy Gules, a demi-horse issuant Argent; and Argent, an axe bendwise Azure. At the same time a flag of blue-white-blue was adopted. This is used in two variants: one is a normal Banner (hanging flag) vertically divided blue-white-blue. The other variant is a Knatterfahne (flapping flag) horizontally divided blue-white-blue. This is the only case of a horizontally-divided municipal flag in the Landkreis Erding.

M. Schmöger, 4 April 2001

Decorative Flags


[Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang, 'Deko-Fahne' variant in blue (Erding County, Bavaria, Germany)] [Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang, 'Deko-Fahne' variant in yellow (Erding County, Bavaria, Germany)] [Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang, 'Deko-Fahne' variant in green (Erding County, Bavaria, Germany)] [Municipality of Sankt Wolfgang, 'Deko-Fahne' variant in red (Erding County, Bavaria, Germany)]
all by M. Schmöger

Since 1999 for decorative purposes another variant of flag is in use, a so-called Deko-Fahne. It is a horizontally-divided bicolour of white-blue, white-green, white-red or white-yellow (the white stripe having 2/3 of the height of the other stripe) with in the white part the newly designed logo, basically a modern rendering of the arms.

M. Schmöger, 4 Apr 2001

On those four almost identical flags, the coat-of-arms shows an unheraldic smudge of medium red on all, except for the last one, where it is the same strange colour as the bottom of the flag — is it supposed to be all normal red, or is there an interesting story behind this?

António Martins, 4 Apr 2001

Well there is some (though not so much interesting) story behind that. First of all actually not only the dark, slightly bluish red is strange, but more so the very bright green of one variant. The flags are actually like I made the images (or approximately so), thus the red is normal bright red in three of the variants, in the red variant the bottom part as well as the red in the logo is darker. I don't have a clue why. As these flags are used for merely decorative purposes (e.g. during festivities), and not for official use, they obviously chose just some bright colours.

There is a story behind the logo, though. It is based on the coat-of-arms that you see on the normal flags officially used in Sankt Wolfgang. I wanted to find out who designed the logo and why it was designed like this, all that stuff. The municipal employees were quite secretive about that. After asking again and again they told me the designer was actually the daughter of the administrative chief! They wanted to hide that kind of Bavarian amigo business. By the way, although being unheraldic, I prefer this kind of logo based on an actual coat-of-arms to the usual logos with some unimaginative geometric design and much text.

M. Schmöger, 9 Apr 2001

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