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Skuodas District (Klaipeda, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 28 January 2010

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In the last summer I started a campain at Lithuania seeking for their district (raion) flags. One of the answeres was from Skuodas - red/white/red with the Coat of Arms in the centre.
Falko Schmidt, 9 November 2002

On a red field with white fess (red-white-red 11-8-11) the arms of Skuodas: in gate orb with John the Baptist's head. Flag proportions 1:2, fringe is silver, finial is a golden tower with a cross on leaves of a lily. The arms granted undoubtedly in 1572 (though first time mentioned in 1645, when city rights were broadened) should symbolize the name of grantor Jonas Chodkevicius, the Palatine of Samogitia. After him the name of town was officially changed to Johanesberg (as he planned building a fortress there), but the old name Skuodas remained in use. The arms were canting the then official name: St. John's head for "Johanes-" and gate as symbol of fortress for "-berg".
Virginijus Misiunas, 28 January 2010