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The municipality of Paulo Freitas (5,942 inhabitants in 2021; 42,141 ha) is
located on the border with Santa Catarina, 200 km south-west of Curitiba.
Paula Freitas emerged around the railway station of the São Paulo-Rio Grande line inaugurated on 26 February 1905 as Paula Freitas, named as a tribute to railway engineer Antônio de Paula Freitas.
Paula Freitas soon became the seat of the district of Carzinho, established within the municipality of União da Vitória. The municipality of Paula Freitas was established by State Law No. 4,788 promulgated on 29 November 1963 and inaugurated on 8 December 1964.
The municipal flag of Paula Freitas, designed by heraldist Arcinoé Antonio Peixoto de Faria, is designed as follows.
Two lateral blue stripes, of 6 units in width, and a central white stripe superimposed with a red stripe of 2 units in width. The hoist part is composed of white rectangle of 5 units in length, where the municipal coat of arms is applied.
In accordance with the tradition of Portuguese heraldry, from which we inherited the canons and rules, the municipal flags can be divided in eight, six, four or three parts, having the same colors as those used in the shield field and bearing the town's coat of arms in the center.
The flag of Paula Freitas obeys the general rule, being divided in three stripes.
The coat of arms applied to the flag represents the municipal government. The large white rectangle containing it represents the town proper, as the seat of the municipality. The white color is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious spirit. The central white stripe superimposed with a red stripe represents the municipal power that expands to all quarters of the territory. The red color is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
The lateral blue stripes represent the rural properties existing in the municipal territory. The blue color is a symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty.
Ivan Sache, 6 February 2022