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Ulvik, Hordaland (Norway)

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flag of Ulvik image by Tomislav Šipek, 15 February 2017
Granted on 19 December 1986.

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About the flag

Ulvik municipality is situated in Hordaland county.
An ornament consisting of eight lozenges in a rosette is a familiar feature of local arts and crafts, both in wood carving and in textiles. It is also found on the folk costumes of the area. Therefore, the municipality of Ulvik chose this design for its arms and flag. The eight lozenges are in yellow on a field of red. Official grant was given 19 December 1986. The designer was Stein Davidsen.
Jan Oskar Engene, 29 June 2002

Source: The text and image are based on research Engene did for an article published in the German vexillological journal Der Flaggenkurier, No. 2, 1996 [joe96]. Consult this article for detailed references to sources.

Here is coat of arms and better image of flag.
Tomislav Šipek, 21 December 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Ulvik]image by Tomislav Šipek, 21 December 2015


Official blazon in Norwegian: "På raud grunn åtte gule spissruter i rosett."
Blazoned in English: "Gules eight Lozenges in Annulet or."
English blazon by Željko Heimer, 9 July 2002

Note that the Norwegian blazon is in Nynorsk, one of the two official written versions of Norwegian. The other version is Bokmål. Nynorsk is the minority version, but official documents, even Royal resolutions, may be written in either.
Jan Oskar Engene, 8 July 2002

Blazon: På raud grunn åtte gull spissruter i rosett. In English: Gules eight lozenges or in a rosette.
Cf. also Selbu municipality with similar design. But lozenges (spissruter) are also found in Solund coat of arms, where they are in fess. That would possibly suggest that the design might also be blazoned as 8 lozenges in annulo - I find it a bit strange and prefer to retain the Norwegian term rosette - although it is not known in English heraldry in that meaning...
Approved by the royal resolution of 19 December 1986 after a drawing by Stein Davidsen.
Like in Selbu, the 8-petailed geometrical rosette is a typical pattern in folk art, especially in the woollen swatters.
Željko Heimer, 24 December 2015