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Province : Vestfold og Telemark (until 2020 Vestfold)
Additions: 1964 Botne; 2018 Hof; 2020 Sande

Arms (crest) of Holmestrand
Official blazon
  • (1898) På rød bunn en sølv, flakt ørn som i høyre klo holder et gull anker og i venstre en gull æskulapstav. I blått hjerteskjold en sølv fregatt.
  • (2020) ?


The arms were adopted in 2020.

The oak leaf represents the forest and in addition the protected Gunnestadeika in Sande. The three waves refer to the proximity to the sea and how important it is not only to use it for care and leisure, but also to take good care of the marine environment. The blue is associated to the coast, and proximity to water, lake, rivers and fjords.

The arms were the result of a local competition with 588 entries. The 9 other final entries can be seen here:

The previous arms were granted on November 14, 1898.

Arms (crest) of Holmestrand

The eagle in the arms is derived from the arms of the merchant Johan Heinrich Tordenskiold, who, in 1819, donated all his fortune to built a school in Holmestrand. The eagle also gave its name to the main ship of the merchant, which is shown on the breast-shield, the White Eagle. The anchor symbolises the importance of Holmestrand as a harbour town. The snake is the symbol of medicine and symbolises the former health spa in Holmestrand, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Coat of arms (crest) of Holmestrand

The arms by Ströhl in 1903.
Arms (crest) of Holmestrand

The arms in the Coffee Hag album +/- 1930
Coat of arms (crest) of Holmestrand

The arms on a manhole cover

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Norwegian Municipal Network; Norske Kommunevåpen, Kommunalforlaget, 1987.; Norske by- og adelsvåben, Kaffe Hag.