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Province : Vestfold og Telemark (until 2020 Vestfold)
Additions : 1968 Sandar; 2017 Andebu, Stokke

Arms of Sandefjord
Official blazon


The new arms were adopted in 2916 and became official on January 1st, 2017.

The new arms show part of the local whale hunting monument. The whaling monument is reminiscent of the district's whaling in the period from about 1900 to 1968 and laid the foundation for significant growth, especially in the three municipalities that form the new municipality. The monument has become a landmark of the city, because it is both a spectacular sight and because it refers to a very special history from the time when Sandefjord and the surrounding villages were the center of a significant, worldwide industry. The monument shows the original whaling, when man with the help of a single spear conquered the world's largest mammal.
The arms also indicate Sandefjord as a leading and committed cultural city, as it shows one of the country's leading artists Knut Steen's most beautiful monuments. His art is represented in several places in the city.

The colours are the old colours of Sandefjord.

The previous arms were granted on May 9, 1914.

Arms of Sandefjord

The Viking ship symbolises the famous Gokstad ship, that was found near Sandefjord in 1880, one of the best preserved Vikings ships known. The whale symbolises the fact that in the late 19th and early 20th century Sandefjord was a main harbour for whalers in the Southern oceans.

Arms of Sandefjord

The arms in the Coffee Hag album +/- 1930

The arms on a municipal car (image by Jan-Erik Løken)

The new arms of 2017 were the result of a local competition, in which 38 proposals were selected in the final round. One of the proposals (nr 18 in gold) was finally selected as the new municipal arms.

The proposals were (some colour variations excluded):

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Literature : Norwegian Municipal Network; Norske Kommunevåpen, Kommunalforlaget, 1987. New images obtained from Sandefjord municipality