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Masoy, Finmark (Norway)


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Commune flag image by Tomislav Šipek, 13 February 2017
Approved on 7 September 1984.

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The Flag

Måsøy municipality is situated in Finnmark county.
As mentioned before, charges associated with the maritime are popular in Norwegian civic heraldry. Hence the many boats of various design found in arms and flags of municipalities along the coast. Some municipalities have tried to find a way to emphasize the importance of things maritime without having to resort to charging the shield with another boat. Måsøy is one such municipality. For its arms and flag it uses a gaff, a traditional tool consisting of a piece of wood with a metal hook at one end. The tool is used to secure the catch and haul it on board. The arms and flag were approved by Royal resolution dated 7 September 1984, in which the flag is described as "In red a yellow upright gaff set bendwise."
Jan Oskar Engene, 29 June 2002

Flag of Måsøy is already reported, so here is coat of arms. Administrative center is Havøysund.
Tomislav Šipek, 22 January 2016

Coat of Arms

[COA of Måsøy]image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 January 2016

Blazon: I rødt en gull klepp skrått oppad. In English: Gules a gaff bendwise or.
Approved by the royal resolution of 7 September 1984 after a drawing by Arvid Sveen. [c2j87]
A gaff is "a stick with a hook, or a barbed spear, for landing large fish." (Google Translate) It was chosen to highlight importance of fishing for the municipality.
Željko Heimer, 28 January 2016