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HEINOLA

Region : Päijät-Häme
Former province : Häme
Additions : 1997 Heinolan maalaiskunta

Heinola Kuntavaakuna / Kommunvapen

Official blazon

Punaisessa kentässä alainen, alapuoleltaan kaarikoroinen hopeahirsi, jonka päällä kävelee kultainen ilves, varukset siniset, korvatöyhdöt mustat.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on November 11, 1958.

The arms are a combination of the old provincial arms (lynx) and the bridge over the Jyränkö river built in 1932.

Heinola (city rights 1839) already received arms in July 1842. Those arms also showed the lynx and in a chief the town's initial and the date 1843. These arms have been in use until the Finnish independence.

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The arms of 1842
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Proposals for the 1842 arms

A bit later, in 1861, new arms were proposed showing two wavy pales symbolising the Kiumeni river. And in a free canton the provincial arms of Mikkeli province, to which the area belonged at the time.

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The proposed arms of 1861
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The arms on a road sign

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Literature : Pirinen, 1982, 216 p; www.heraldicum.ru