Flag, coat of arms and corporate identity

In addition to its corporate identity, the municipality of Opsterland has its own flag and coat of arms.

Flag

On 10 April 1963, the municipal council decided to establish a municipal flag. The cause for this was the visit by an Israeli sports delegation from Ra’anana. The flag was designed by the Frisian Heraldry Board, and the design is closely linked to the municipal coat of arms: the red square symbolizes the hare on the coat of arms, the green square stands for the five trees, and the two white squares represent the silver colour of the shield. A block-shaped flag was chosen in order to show the connection with the Zevenwouden, to which Opsterland belongs. The flag of the Zevenwouden namely consists of fifteen blocks of white and green, spread across three horizontal rows. In addition to the municipal flag, nearly every village has its own village flag. Every village's Plaatselijk Belang (Local Interest) society can tell you more about this. 

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Opsterland didn't come into being all at once. The coat of arms as we know it today only came into being in 1818. Before this, there were many differences in the coat of arms. There is a map from 1622, on which a seal with the five trees appeared for the first time. All other symbols which appear on the coat of arms were used on and off throughout history. For example, only a hare was visible on the first coat of arms. The dog which appears on the modern coat of arms was used for the first time in 1739. The position of the hare has also changed through the years: at one point, the hare was running from right to left, and subsequently from left to right. The coat of arms has not changed much since 1818. A modernised form of the municipal coat of arms is used in the municipal house style.

The official description of the coat of arms is as follows: 'Silver background, with five poplar trees standing on green ground, over which a keel (red) hare is running, pursued by a dog of the same colour, of which only the front half is visible. The shield is adorned with a golden crown'. The official colours of the coat of arms are:

Keel = red

Sinopel = green

Purper = purple

Goud (Gold) = yellow

Zilver (Silver) = white

Zwart = black 

House style

The logo is a modern version of the municipal coat of arms, and is part of the municipal house style. The house style ensures that all municipal communication is recognisable. The house style can be seen on various media: newsletters, stationery brochures, websites, municipal cars and so on. The municipality's house style makes use of a variety of colours. 

The most important colours can be seen in the logo: 

  • Dark green

  • Yellow

  • Red

  • Black 

In addition to the colours from the logo, we use four supporting colours. These colours symbolise the following: 

  • Purple: heathland

  • Light green: grass/growth

  • Blue: light/water

  • Brown: earth/peatland