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Municipality of Tarrafal de São Nicolau (Cabo Verde)

Konsedju di Tarrafal di Saninklau

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T. S. N. mun. flag image by António Martins, 25 April 2016

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About the flag

The flag is dark blue with white narrow gyronny-like rays extending from the center to all four corners, themselves containing even narrower yellow rays. Overall a white large disc with thin dark blue edging and in it the emblem. (The exact depiction of this flag design at the official website is slightly asymmetric towards the hoist.)
António Martins, 25 April 2016

This flag and emblem were apparently adopted upon public competition held in early 2014 — see competition announcement and rules online.
António Martins, 25 April 2016

The municipal flag Tarrafal de São Nicolau mun. does not follow the pattern of other, previously reported caboverdean municipal flags. It does have a central logo, which does match the loose scheme of others known so far, but it is set on a background that is neither monocolored nor quartered of two colors.
António Martins, 25 April 2016

According to the National T.V., the first ever use of both the national flag and the T.S.N. municipal flag on an official building was in 2015.02.09 (see photo), at the newly unveiled municipal office in Praia Branca town.
António Martins, 21 December 2016

Some other images of the flag in use: [1] [2] [3] [4].
António Martins, 25 April 2016


Emblem detail

T. S. N. mun. emblem image by António Martins, 25 April 2016

The emblem is pseudo-heraldic in style showing on a pointy, lyre-shaped shield a marlin leaping above water against a sunset backdrop and a craggy landscape with a wooden boat and what seems to be an anchor arm; on what can be seen as either a heraldic chief (matching the corners of the shield, vaguely Italian-styled), or a sort of superimposed scroll, dark blue, the lettering "M.T.S.N.", standing for Município do Tarrafal de São Nicolau, in bold red sans serif capitals. Above the shield, in the crest position, a drum with its sticks crossed on it, and all around the upper part of the logo the usual arc of 10 yellow stars, in two symmetric sectors separated at the apex by a chain of four red (not green!) links, placed above the drum. Encircling the bottom part of the logo, a yellow scroll with forked ends and two bends, reading (again) "MUNICÍPIO DO TARRAFAL DE SÃO NICOLAU", in black sans serif capitals. (See depiction at the official website.)
António Martins, 25 April 2016


About the municipality

Tarrafal de São Nicolau is one of the two municipalities on the island of São Nicolau / Saninklau (= St. Nicholas), in Cabo Verde, taking the western, smaller side of its mountain crest divide. It was created in 2005, by detaching one commune from the Ribeira Brava mun., São Francisco de Assis. Tarrafal de São Nicolau mun. consists of that one commune; area is 120 km² and in 2010 there lived 5205 people.
António Martins, 25 April 2016

A tarrafal is a place where throwing fishnets (tarrafas) are woven or stored. (Not to be confused with Tarrafal in Santiago isl.)
António Martins, 25 April 2016

There is also another Tarrafal, a village in Santo Antão island; it is seat of neither municipality nor commune and probably has no flag.
António Martins, 30 March 2016