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Municipal Flags (Asturias, Spain)

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Introduction

Eduardo Panizo is a vexillologist from Oviedo, Spain and one of the oldest members of the Spanish Vexillological Society. Most of the flags he has sent to FOTW are from his drawings for Panizo 1994. Not only has he drawn all the flags and coats-of-arms, he also designed himself some of the flags. He visits City Councils with no flag and makes proposals. For free. Just to help in extending flag usage. As far as I know he designed those of Cabranes, Ibias, Morcín, Nava, Peñamellera Baja, Ribera de Arriba and Teverga.

José Carlos Alegría, 22 Sep 1999

All the flags I designed were approved by the respective city councils and are in current use. Asturias has home rule in what respects to municipal symbols' approval, but the Asturian government has paid no attention to this, so there is no legal way for the flags to be approved by any entity of higher rank to that of the city council itself. Actually the flags' approval by the city council should be considered enough, the same as state symbols do not require the approval of international organisations.

In addition the following municipalities have no flag:

  • Aller
  • Amieva
  • Bimenes
  • Boal
  • Candamo
  • Cangas del Narcea
  • Caravia
  • Colunga
  • Degaña
  • El Franco
  • Grandas de Salime
  • Illano
  • Illas
  • Laviana
  • Lena
  • Llanera
  • Muros de Nalón
  • Onís
  • Peñamellera Alta
  • Pesoz
  • Piloña
  • Ponga
  • Proaza
  • San Martín de Oscos
  • San Martín del Rey Aurelio
  • San Tirso de Abres
  • Santo Adriano
  • Sobrescobio
  • Taramundi
  • Vegadeo
  • Villanueva de Oscos
  • Villayón
  • Yernes
  • Tameza

Eduardo Panizo, 10 and 24 Sep 1999 [translation by Santiago Dotor]


Flags with coats-of-arms vs. plain flags

Those Asturian municipalities with a single-coloured flag, bear the municipal arms in its center. The drawings I initially sent did not have the arms. Why? Manufacturing a flag with a coat-of-arms is expensive; for this reason, flags without the arms are used frequently. This does not imply a distinction between the flag with or without arms (this is correct only for the Spanish National and the Spanish State flags). I sent the cheap version, but, as soon as possible, I will send the complete flags, with the municipal arms on the center.

Eduardo Panizo, 13 Sep 1999