Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 67.529; area: 52,49 km². Settlements:
Hoorn (seat), Blokker, Zwaag.
In 1979 the municipalities of Hoorn, Blokker
and Zwaag merged to form the new municipality of Hoorn.
The flag of Hoorn was officially adopted 26 Mar 1957.
By municipal resolution of 13 Feb 1979 the flag of Hoorn municipality
was officially adopted for the new Hoorn municipality. The flag consists
of three equally wide horizontal stripes red - white - red.
The oldest known image of the flag of Hoorn occurs on a painting by
Hendrik Cornelisz. Vroom in 1622. There are also images with on the central
stripe a red horn. This variant has come into disuse.
Source: the Hoorn municipal website.
Three horizontal stripes, red-white-red, with a red posthorn in the centre
of the white stripe.
(Source: Dutch atlas made by Delisle in 1739)
James Dignan, 14 November 1996