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Kočani (Municipality, North Macedonia)


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Flag of Kočani - Image by Mello Luchtenberg, 30 January 2010

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Presentation of Kočani

The municipality of Kočani (38,092 inhabitants; 360.36 sq. km) is made of the town of Kočani and of the 27 settlements of Bezikovo, Beli, Vraninci, Gorni Podlog, Gorno Gradče, Gravovica, Grdovci, Dolni Podlok, Dolno Gradče, Jastrebnik, Kostin Dol, Leški, Mojanci, Nebojani, Nivičani, Novo Selo, Orizari, Pantelej, Pašadžikovo, Polaki, Preseka, Pribačevo, Pripor, Pajčani, Pečani, Trkanje and Crvena Niva.

Ivan Sache, 17 November 2006

Flag of Kočani

The symbols (coat of arms, flag and anthem) of Kočani were adopted by the Municipal Council on 29 January 2010. The flag and arms were designed by Stojance Velickovski, member of the Macedonian Heraldic Society.

The flag was selected in a two-staged public contest. Seven proposals were submitted, of which a jury short-listed three proposals that were presented to the public by the municipal administration.
Proposal 1, eventually accepted, is red with two thin yellow stripes near the top and bottom of the flag and a symbol in the middle, made of a yellow disc with three red waves, flanked by two yellow spikes. The flag is derived from the arms (assuming that the adopted arms matched those proposed), which are yellow with six red spikes (3 + 2 + 1) and seven red waves (2 + 3 + 2), and a chief similar to the central part of the flag.
Proposal 2 is vertically divided white-yellow, with two additional thin vertical white stripes in the yellow part, and a miniaturized Macedonian flag in the upper right corner.
Proposal 3 has at fly a schematized version of the Macedonian flag and at hoist a white rectangle bordered in yellow and "entering" the fly part as a triangle, charged with the matching coat of arms' proposal. The proposed coat of arms is red with a crenelated yellow border charged with 10 red disks; in the middle a goose wearing a yellow ribbon and holding a plant (yellow stem and leaves, white flowers) in her beak.

Valentin Poposki & Ivan Sache, 30 January 2010

Former municipality of Orizari


Flag of Orizari - Image by Mello Luchtenberg & António Martins, 17 November 2006

The municipality of Orizari (4,403 inhabitants in 2002, 128 sq. km) was incorporated in Kočani in 2004.

The flag of Orizari (Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website, page no longer online), is vertical, vertically divided red-white-red with two thin vertical red stripes in the white stripe and a red and white emblem.

Ivan Sache, 17 November 2006