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Noord-Holland province

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Koggenland is a municipality in North Holland province and the region of West-Frisia. It came into existence on 1 January 2007 upon the merger of the two former municipalities of Obdam and Wester-Koggenland.

Obdam municipality

Obdam municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 8 January 1982.

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 6.629; area: 20,95 km². Settlements: Obdam (seat), Berkmeer, Hensbroek, Wogmeer (part).
On 1 Jan 1978 part of Hensbroek municipality was joined to Obdam.
The flag contains the municipal arms, three crescents on a red field, after the 17th century admiral Jacob Wassenaer van Obdam (wassenaar=crescent) became the owner of Obdam in 1624.

Obdam Coat of Arms

[Obdam Coat of Arms] from Ralf Hartemink's website.

Granted 27 November 1979. The top contains the three wassenaars (crescents) of Obdam; the bottom the hen on the broek of Heinsbroek.

Obdam [former municipality]

[Obdam former municipality] by Jarig Bakker, 6 April 2005
adopted 12 December 1975, design: Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek

Obdam is a municipality in Noord-Holland province between Alkmaar and Hoorn.
The present municipality was formed in 1979 by the merger of the former municipalities of Obdam and Hensbroek.
The old municipality had a flag adopted 12 Dec 1975, designed by the Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek, with the following description: Red with three yellow crescents, two in the top half and one in the center below them; each crescent of 4/9 flagheight. The flag is identical to the municipal arms.
Source: Vexilla Nostra 15 (111), p. 120.
Jarig Bakker, 6 April 2005

Obdam old Coat of Arms

[Obdam former Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 6 April 2005, after Koffie Hag album

Granted 26 June 1816

Description: Gules three crescents or.
This is evidently connected to the family Wassenaar van Obdam ("wassenaar" = crescent).
Jarig Bakker, 6 April 2005

Hensbroek [former municipality]

Hensbroek former municipality by Jarig Bakker, 13 July 2003

Hensbroek is a former municipality in Noord-Holland province, now part of Obdam. It was a small municipality with a little more than 1000 inhabitants.
It was founded as "Heynsbroec", meaning the marshy wetland of Heyn; however local etymology preferred a different meaning - and that has been made visual on Coat of Arms and flag.
Adopted 4 September 1962. Description: two vertical stripes of yellow and red, of which the width relate as 1:3, cut in to half flag-length.
The colors were derived from the municipal arms. The municipal arms are canting: a hen with a broek (trousers). The flag is equally canting: a hen (red comb, crest) and a broek - here a swallow-tail.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]
Jarig Bakker, 13 July 2003

According to Hans van Heijningen the upper and lower side of the flag are not tapering but parallel.
Source: Vexilla Nostra no. 111 (nov.-dec. 1980), p. 102.
I always thought that the "broek" was made canting by the yellow stripe at the "broeking" (Dutch for hoist).
Mark Sensen, 13 July 2003

Hensbroek Coat of Arms

[Hensbroek Coat of Arms] from Ralf Hartemink's website.
Granted 22 October 1817.

Ursem (concept flag)

The flag maker at advertises a concept village flag for the North Holland village of Ursem. The flag was designed by their design studio in 2023 because Ursem does not (yet) have its own flag. The design is based on the associated village coat of arms, which dates from 1817. This coat of arms was used at the time as a municipal coat of arms for the former municipality of Ursem. This municipality has been abolished since 1979. Nowadays Ursem falls under the municipality of Koggenland.

The proposed Ursem flag is yellow in color and features a red standing lion with a turned head. This depicts a Dutch lion, just as can be seen on the provincial flag of South Holland. However, on that flag the lion looks straight ahead. Ultimately, both flag and coat of arms of Ursem were traced back to the coat of arms of Holland.
Valentin Poposki
, 3 December 2023