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TURKU - ÅBO

Region : Varsinais-Suomi
Former province : Länsi-Suomi (until 1997 Turku and Pori)
Additions : 1967 Maaria; 1968 Kakskerta; 1973 Paattinen

Turku Kuntavaakuna / Kommunvapen

Official blazon

  • (fi) Sinisessä kentässä kultainen goottilainen A-kirjain, jonkasaaneena neljä hopealiljaa asetettuina 1+2+1.
  • (sv) I blått fält ett gotiskt A av guld, åtföljt av fyra liljor av silver, ordnade 1+2+1.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on February 8, 1966.

The arms show the symbols of St. Mary, one of the patron saints of the city, the fleur-de-lys and the monogramme. The letter can also be seen as a letter A, for the Swedish name Åbo.

The composition already appeared on the oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1309.

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The seal from 1309.

The colours were not very clear, in the middle of the 19th century the shield for example was shown in red, later in blue. The colours were only officially determined in 1966.

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Proposal from the 19th century (1)
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Proposal from the 19th century (2)
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The arms at the end of the 19th century
Arms of Turku

Seal from the early 20th century
Arms of Turku

The arms on a road sign

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Literature : Pirinen, 1982, 216 p.