Lappeenranta

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LAPPEENRANTA

Region : Etelä-Karjala
Former province : Etelä-Suomi (until 1997 Kymi)
Addirions : 1967 Lappee, Lauritsalaa; 1989 Nuijamaa; 2009 Joutseno, Ylämaa

Lappeenranta vaakuna - Coat of arms of Lappeenranta

Official blazon

Hopeakentässä luonnonvärinen metsäläinen, pidellen maahanlaskettua nuijaa, seisomassa vihreällä maalla. Otsan ja vyötäisten ympärillä vihreä seppele.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on Decmeber 29, 1954.

The original name of the town was Lappstrand, which in 1721 became Willmanstrand (Swedish for or 'town of the savages'), which was later changed into the Finnish Lappeenranta. Hence the arms are canting. A savage was already the figure on the seal of the town in 1652.

In the late 19th century the arms were augmented with a free canton with the arms of Vyborg province, see image below. However, these were never adopted.

Lappeenranta vaakuna - Coat of arms of Lappeenranta

Proposal of new arms in the late 19th century
Arms of Lappeenranta

The arms on a road sign
Arms of Lappeenranta

Postal cancellation 1949


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Literature : Pirinen, K. Local coats of arms in Finland (Suomen kunnallisvaakunat), Vantaa, 1982, 216 p.