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Jouswier (The Netherlands)

Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province

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Jouswier village

Flag: diagonally divided from hoist-bottom to top-fly of white and green; in white a standing red key, with the bit on top and turned towards the fly.
Jouswier (Frisian: Jouswier, AKA 'in tsjerke, trije hûzen en in bargehok' - a church, three houses and a pigsty) had (1-1-1999) 52 inhabitants; it is c. 6 km NE of Dokkum. The diagonal division of the village flag refers to the old Oostdongeradeel Coat of Arms, while the green symbolizes the 'wier' = mound, on which the village was built as a protection against floods. The key is a symbol of the patron saint of Jouswier, St. Peter, in the colors of the old Utrecht bishopric. Red and white are also the colors of the old division of 'Oostergo'.
Jarig Bakker, 30 October 2000

Jouswier Coat of Arms

[Jouswier Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004

Description: "per fess I. in silver a lying red key, the bit turned upward; II. In green a golden wild boar's head".
The arms of the Bergsma family contained three red pigs. For esthetical reasons only one head was used. The Jouswier population insisted on a sturdy wild boar.
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"