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KIRUNA

Province (Landskap): Lappland
County (Län): Norrbottens län
Additions : 1971 Karesuando

Arms (crest) of Kiruna

Official blazon

Sköld delad av silver, vari ett blått järnmärke, och blått, vari en fjällripa av silver med röd beväring, därest dylik skall förekomma.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted in 1949 and again registered in 1974.

The arms show in the upper half the symbol of iron. The city is well known for its iron mines. The lower half shows a ptarmigan (fjällripa in Swedish), a canting element, as it is named 'girun' in the local Sami language.

In 1971 the ptarmigan received red claws and bill, which caused some problems within the city council, as some saw the red colour as a political symbol...

Arms of Kiruna

The arms on a roadsign on the municipal border

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Literature : Nevéus and de Waern, 1992