Flags of provinces of the Netherlands

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provinces of the Netherlands

This list contains all twelve official flags of provinces of the Netherlands, including the pennons.

Province Coat of arms Flag Pennon Description Adoption
Drenthe
Drenthe-Position.png
Drenthe wapen.svg Flag Drenthe.svg
Wimpel Drenthe.png
White and red are the colours of a former leader, the Bishop of Utrecht. The black castle and red stars are a memory of Coevorden standing up against the Bisshop. See Flag of Drenthe. 19 February 1947
Flevoland
Flevoland-Position.png
Flevoland wapen.svg Flevolandflag.svg
Wimpel Flevoland.png
Blue is the symbol of IJsselmeer, from which the land of this province was taken. Green is standing for vegetation, yellow for the cornfields, the lily refers to Cornelis Lely, who designed the plans for the new land taken from IJsselmeer. See Flag of Flevoland 19 February 1989
Friesland
Friesland-Position.png
Friesland wapen.svg Frisian flag.svg
Wimpel Friesland.png
The flag is based on the kings of Frysia in 15th century. The colours are the same as those of the national flag of The Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg. The stripes and leaves of the yellow water-lily, represent the 7 districts of Friesland. See Flag of Friesland 11 February 1958
Gelderland
Gelderland-Position.png
Gelderland wapen.svg Gelderland-Flag.svg
Wimpel Gelderland.png
The colours are taken from the coat of arms, in which the lions from former ducheses are combined. See Flag of Gelderland 15 April 1953
Groningen
Groningen-Position.png
Groningen provincie wapen.svg Flag of Groningen.svg
Wimpel Groningen.png
The flag combines the colours of the city of Groningen Flag of Groningen City.svg with red and blue of the area around this town Flag ommelanden.gif. See Flag of Groningen 17 February 1950
Limburg
Limburg position.svg
Limburg-nl-wapen.svg NL-LimburgVlag.svg
Wimpel Limburg NL.png
See Flag of Limburg 28 June 1953
North Brabant
Noord Brabant-Position.png
Noord-Brabant wapen.svg North Brabant-Flag.svg
Wimpel N-Brabant.png
The North Brabantian flag dates from the Middle Ages and has the highest seniority among all Dutch province flags. The colours gules and argent have been used in Brabant standards, flags and pennants since the proclamation of the County of Louvain (942 CE) during the Lotharingian period. Later, the Duchy of Brabant continued using these colours, during the Middle Ages and the centuries after, the red and white would often be used. At the end of the 18th century, the flag fell into disuse, since 1959, the red and white checkered flag has become the official flag of the province of North Brabant. See Flag of North Brabant 21 January 1959
North Holland
Noord Holland-Position.png
Noord-Holland wapen.svg Flag North-Holland, Netherlands.svg
Wimpel N-Holland.png
The colours of the flag are similar to the colours of the coat of arms, which is a combination of the coat of arms from Holland and Westfriesland West-Friesland vlag.svg. see Flag of North Holland 22 October 1958
Overijssel
Overijssel-Position.png
Overijssel wapen.svg Flag of Overijssel.svg
Wimpel Overijssel.png
The yellow and red stripes are a reference to the former association of this province with Holland. The blue source in the middle stands for the river IJssel, which gave the province its name. See Flag of Overijssel 20 August 1948
South Holland
Zuid Holland-Position.png
Zuid-holland wapen.svg Flag of South Holland.svg
Wimpel Z-Holland.png
The flag is a banner of the coat of arms of Holland. See Flag of South Holland 1 January 1986
Utrecht
Utrecht-Position.png
Utrecht provincie wapen.svg Utrecht (province)-Flag.svg
Wimpel Utrecht.png
From 1528, the bishop of Utrecht used a red flag with a white cross. This flag is still seen in the upper canton. See Flag of Utrecht 15 January 1952
Zeeland
Zeeland-Position.png
Zeeland wapen.svg Flag of Zeeland.svg
Wimpel Zeeland.png
In the middle of the flag, the coat of arms of the province is seen. The blue waves stand for the sea, and efforts to subdue its strength, the lion is a symbol for the winner of this battle between man and sea. See Flag of Zeeland 14 January 1949

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