Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 53.749; area: 126,18 km². Settlements:
(seat), Boornbergum, De Tike, De Veenhoop, De Wilgen, Drachtstercompagnie,
Goëngahuizen, Houtigehage, Kortehemmen, Nijega, Opeinde, Oudega, Rottevalle,
Smallingerland (Frisian: Smellingerlân) is a municipality in
southeast Friesland with the important center of Drachten.
The flag is derived from the municipal Coat of Arms and refers to game and woods
(formerly) abundantly present.
In southeast Friesland the rich were hunting and the poor were digging
peat under miserable conditions. It gave rise to a quite radical social
movement, not reflected in flags AFAIK
Jarig Bakker, 2 September 1999