Last modified: 2008-09-06 by ivan sache
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Municipal flag of Zwevegem - Image by Filip van Laenen, 6 January 2008
The municipality of Zwevegem (23,809 inhabitants on 1 January 2007; 6,324 ha) is located 10 km south-west of Kortrijk. The municipality of Zwevegem is made since 1976 of the former municipalities of Zwevegem, Heestert, Moen, Otegem and Sint-Denijs.
Judoclub Zwevegem is the club of Gella Vandecayeve (b. 1973 in Kortrjik), one of the living legends of judo. Vandecayeve was seventimes European champion (1994, Gdansk; 1996, The Hague; 1997, Ostend; 1998, Oviedo; 1999, Bratislava; 2000, Wroclaw; 2001, Paris), twice World champion (Hamilton, 1993; Munich, 2001); additionally, she won two Olympic medals (silver, Atlanta, 1996; bronze, Sydney, 2000). She was elected Belgian Sportswoman of the year in 1993 and 1997.
Ivan Sache, 6 January 2008
The municipal flag of Zwevegem is quartered, 1. and 4. A blue field with
golden billets and a yellow lion, with red tongue and claws, 2. and 3.
Horizontally divided red-white-red.
According to Gemeentewapens in België - Vlaanderen en Brussel, the flag was adopted by the Municipal Council on 22 January 1990, confirmed by the Executive of Flanders on 17 April 1990 and published in the Belgian official gazette on 8 December 1990.
The flag is a banner of the municipal arms.
According to the municipal website, the arms of Zwevegem are Gevierendeeld" 1. en 4. in lazuur, bezaaid met blokjes van goud, een leeuw van hetzelfde, geklauwd en getongd van keel, 2. en 3. in keel, een dwarsbal van zilver. Het schild getopt met een kroon met vijf fleurons van goud en gehouden door twee krijgslieden van natuurlijke kleur, geharnast van zilver. Het geheel op een grasgrond geplaatst
("Quarterly, 1. and 4. Azure billetty or a lion of the same armed and
langued gules, 2. and 3. Gules a fess argent. [...]").
The description of the flag is similar, replacing the heraldic words by the usual ones for the colours.
The arms of Zwevegem were designed after the arms of the Counts of Nassau-Corroy (combining the lion of Nassau and the fesses of Vianden), last lords of Zwevegem, as shown on the municipal seal used in 1790.
Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 6 January 2008