Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 10.261; area: 209,29 km². Settlements:
Bakhuizen, Balk (seat), Elahuizen, Harich, Kolderwolde, Mirns, Nijemirdum,
Oudemirdum, Rijs, Ruigahuizen, Sloten, Sondel, Wijckel
The tiny city of Sloten/Sleat has merged with the municipality of Gaasterland/Gaasterlân
in 1984, along with part on Himmelumer Âldeferd. It's in southwest
Friesland along the IJsselmeer and the municipality is one of the most
beautiful regions of Fryslân.
The hare on the flag has been derived from the Coat of Arms of Gaasterland,
while the pinnacled wall was from the old Coat of Arms of Sloten, which still has
5 bulwarks (bolwerken). Flag adopted 6 May 1985.
Jarig Bakker, 25 August 1999
image by Jarig Bakker, 21 Oct 2006
adopted 5 Jun 1984; design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.
Mr. Rudolf J. Broersma just sent me the municipal pennant (wimpel) of
Gaasterlân-Sleat: square yellow hoist charged with a red jumping
hare, a two-colored fly of green and white (Westergo),
adopted 5 Jun 1984
Jarig Bakker, 21 Oct 2006
Sloten - Sleat is the smallest Frisian city (c. 700 inh.). Parts of
its old ramparts and two gates have been retained and it is one of the
cosiest watersport centers in southeast Friesland. Now part of Gaasterlân-Sleat,
since 5 June 1985.
The flag was adopted 12 September 1957, derived from the Coat of Arms. The pinnacles
symbolize the 5 former bulwarks. On the Coat of Arms is a castle ('slot') and two
keys, symbolizing two locks ('sloten'); the blue part of the flag are for
a fin of a key, so that the flag has retained the canting. The flag is
still in use, seen the importance of the 11 cities in Friesland.
Jarig Bakker, 30 October 1999