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Neder-Betuwe (The Netherlands)

Gelderland province

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[Neder-Betuwe flag] by Ivan Sache, 1 Jul 2014 Other Neder-Betuwe pages: See also:

Neder-Betuwe municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 22.269; area: 66,52 km². Settlements: Opheusden (seat), Dodewaard, Echteld, Eldik, IJzendoorn, Kesteren, Ochten.
The municipalities of Kesteren, Echteld, and Dodewaard merged on 1 Jan 2002 to form the new municipality of Kesteren, which was renamed Neder-Betuwe on 21 Mar 2003.
Stefan Lambrechts, 7 Jul 2005

The flag of Neder-Betuwe is horizontally divided blue-white. Along the hoist is placed a lion, with its upper half, in the flag's blue stripe, yellow with red tongue and claws, and its lower half, in the flag's white stripe, red.

The flag, designed by Folkert Schuurman, was recently approved by the High Council of Nobility (Hoge Raad van Adel). The design proposed by the Municipal Council was slightly amended by the High Council of Nobility, which smoothed the contour of the lion - so that it looks more like a lion.

The colours and the elements are taken from the coat of arms of Neder- Betuwe, which is based on the arms of the three former municipalities merged to form Neder-Betuwe, Doderwaard, Echtel and Kesteren.

Ivan Sache, 1 July 2014

Former flag

[Neder-Betuwe flag] by Stefan Lambrechts, 7 Jul 2005

The municipal logo consists of bent stripes, which represent the identity of Neder-Betuwe, The blue stripes symbolize the three rivers flowing through it: the Rhine, Linge and Waal. These three stripes ultimately form a leaf, which represents growth in general, and florishes on a solid base. That base is formed by a green and orange stripe, wherein green is for the municipality's Greenacres, and orange for buildings.

Municipal flag: white with the municipal logo; to the right three larger stripes of blue, green, and orange.
Stefan Lambrechts, 7 Jul 2005

Neder-Betuwe Coat of Arms

[Neder-Betuwe Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 7 Jul 2005, after image from this website.
Granted 6 May 2002.

Municipal arms: granted 6 May 2002 by the High Council of Nobility.
Description: quartered:
I. azure semé of billets or, a lion contourné or armed gules
II. argent semé of billets azure, a lion gules, crowned or
III. or a wolf's head and neck gules
IV. azure a double-chalice or
The shield surmounted by a crown or of three leaves and two pearls.

The municipality of Neder-Betuwe was formed 1 Jan 2002 by the merger of the former municipalities of Kesteren, Echteld and Dodewaard. The new arms show characteristics of the former municipalities:
The first quarter is from the arms of Dodewaard ("dead landlord").
The lion is from the arms of the Counts of Gelre, the former owners of Dodewaard.
The second quarter is from the arms of Echteld. The lion is from the arms of the extinct noble van Wijhe family, which lived for several centuries on the still existing castle De Wijenburg in Echteld.
The third and fourth quarters are derived from the arms of Kesteren. The wolf's head is for the high lordship Wolfswaard in Opheusden. The double chalice reminds of the name of Schenkhof (serving-court) in Kesteren, and symbolizes the "schenkambt" (serving office), one of the courtly offices of the Duke of Gelre.
Jarig Bakker, 7 Jul 2005