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Province (Landskap): Värmland
County (Län): Värmlands län
Additions : 1971 Brunskog (partly, 1952 Boda, Mangskog), Glava, Gunnarskog (1952 Bogen), Stavnäs (partly, 1952 Högerud, Värmskog), Älgå (1952 Ny)

Arms (crest) of Arvika
Official blazon

En häst av silver på blått fält, bestrött med kugghjul av samma metall|-

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The arms were officially granted on December 31, 1918.

The arms are not based on old seals, but are devised in 1918. The arms show the symbols of industry and horsebreeding, the two main occupations in the beginning of the 20th century. The horse also symbolises the fact that a local legend states that the lands were created by a white horse.

Arms of Arvika

The arms in the Kaffe Hag album +/- 1935
Arms of Arvika

On a square in the town
with Ylojärvi, Kongsvinger and Skive
(image from Societas Heraldica Scandinavica facebook site)

In 1811 Arvika was founded as a city named Oscarsstad, but the name only lasted until 1821:

Arms of Oscarsstad

Whether these arms have actually been used is not clear, neither is the meaning. The crown and the I may refer to King Oscar I, but he became King only in 1844, when the town was already re-named to Arvika.

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Literature : Scheffer, C.G.U.; Svensk Vapenbok, Stockholm, 1967;