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Rakvere (Laane-Virumaa, Estonia)

Rakvere linn, Town of Rakevere

Last modified: 2023-06-03 by zachary harden
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image by Jorge Candeias, 26 July 1999

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Adopted: 29 April 1994. Proportions: 7:11. Rakvere is a a town in Lääne-Virumaa County (maakond).
Dov Gutterman, 25 January 1999

Blue with a yellow horizontal stripe centered with width about 1/7th of the flag's height.
Jorge Candeias, 26 July 1999

First mention about coat of arms with the crown and star is from 1390. The crown symbolizes the higher rule. Six pointed star symbolizes prosperity. Current coat of arms was first time adopted in 1937.
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Erki Kurrikoff, 11 April 2001

Quoting "The Baltic Times", 15 January 2007: "Caretakers of a medieval citadel in Rakvere, northeast Estonia, were left embarrassed after the Swedish flag was hoisted above the castle tower instead of Estonia’s national flag on Jan. 12. The mistake was noticed by outside observers, who quickly called the operators of the Rakvere castle museum to alert them of the apparent invasion. The error came about due to an apparent similarity between the Swedish flag and the flag of Rakvere city, which has a similar design. To mark the anniversary of Rakvere’s liberation in the 1918-1920 War of Independence, the city’s flag was to be hoisted above the castle. The mix-up was corrected in a matter of hours."
There is indeed an apparent similarity between the Swedish flag and the flag of Rakvere city, which is blue with a thin yellow horizontal stripe in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2007

Coat of Arms

image from <>, located by Dov Gutterman