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Katwijk (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

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Katwijk municipality image by Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 24 Sep 1970. Other Katwijk pages: See also:

Katwijk municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 41.539; area: 18,73 km². Settlements: Katwijk a/d Rijn, Katwijk aan Zee.
Katwijk is a seaside-resort on the Northsea-coast in Zuid-Holland, and since ancient times a fishing village with over 40.000 inhabitants.
Its present flag and Coat of Arms are blue saltires on white.
On 1 January 2006 Katwijk, Valkenburg en Rijnsburg merged to form the new municipality of Katwijk.
Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek (1962) [sie62] has:
Flagdescription: Two equally wide horizontal stripes of blue and white, with in the center the municipal arms.
This flag was adopted c. 1956; before that there was a flag in use consisting of two stripes blue over white - which had so many parallels in the Netherlands.
Jarig Bakker, 2 Jul 2003

Katwijk new flag

Katwijk new flag image by Ivan Sache, 20 Nov 2009

On 16 November 2009, the "Leidsch Dagblad" reported the selection of a new flag for Katwijk, required by the incorporation of the former municipalities of Rijnsburg and Valkenburg into Katwijk on 1 January 2006. The flag is described as "the cross flanked by the colours of Rijnsburg (red) and Valkenburg (yellow).
The "cross" is a blue saltire on a white field, the former flag of Katwijk. The Higher Council of Nobility recommended that the new flag conveys a "feeling of identification", accordingly a blue saltire. The flag still needs to be formally adopted by the Municipal Council of Katwijk.
Ivan Sache, 17 Nov 2009

On 18 November, "Westonline" presented an image of the flag selected by the municipal administration among more than ten proposals. The flag is quartered white-red-white-yellow by a thick blue saltire. The Municipal Council shall adopt or reject the proposal next December.
Ivan Sache, 20 Nov 2009

Katwijk new Coat of Arms

[Katwijk new Coat of Arms] image from the Katwijk municipal website.
Granted 22 Sep 2008

Argent a saltire azure, an inescutcheon or a double castletower gules.
The arms is based on the old Katwijk arms (see below), embracing the Rijnsburg arms. The yellow color refers to Valkenburg.

Katwijk flag before 1956

[Katwijk flag before 1956] image by Jarig Bakker, 2 Jul 2003

Katwijk 1956 flag

[Katwijk 1956 flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 2 Jul 2003

Katwijk Coat of Arms

[Katwijk Coat of Arms] image from the Katwijk municipal website.
Granted 24 Dec 1817

Argent a saltire azure.
Saint Andrew was the patron saint of mariners, since ancient times the main occupation of Katwijkers.