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Arms (crest) of Aasiaat

Country : Denmark

Country : Greenland

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The arms of Aasiaat were granted in 1969, making it the oldest arms in Greenland. The name Aasiaat means the spiders, making the arms canting. The division of the shield symbolises the fact that the municipality is in the middle of Greenland, with the ice masses of the Disko Bay in the North and the ice-free waters in the South.

The name Aasiaat actually is a wrong name, the original Inuit name being Asiaat. The arms are thus false-canting.

Since 1997 these arms are the logo of the site Heraldry of the World (permission granted in 1996 or 1997 by the council during a visit).

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Literature: Achen, S.T. : Danmarks Kommunevåbener. Komma, København, 1982.

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