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Region : Pohjanmaa
Former province : 1997-2009 Länsi-Suomi (until 1997 Vaasa)
Additions: 1975 Jeppo, Munsala, Nykarleby landskommun

Nykarleby Kuntavaakuna / Kommunvapen

Official blazon

  • (fi) Sinisessä kilvessä pystyyn asetettu kultai­ nen tervatynnyri, jonka kannesta ja molemmista sivuista kultaiset, punakielekkeiset tulenlieskat lähtevät.
  • (sv) En i blå sköld upprest gyllene tjärtunna med eldslågor i guld med röda tungor, utgående från lock och båda sidor.


The arms were officially granted on November 19, 1943.

The arms show a tar barrel with flames. This refers to the tar making for ships, and the importance of shipping and sailing for the city.

The composition first appeared on a seal from 1620. In the mid 19th century B. Kene proposed to change the barrel into a tar oven and asan augmentation of the arms two anchors and the provincial arms in the upper right corner. These were never adopted.


The seal from 1620

The proposal from Kene

The colours and composition were very similar to the arms of Kokkola and thus in 1943 the colours and composition was formally described.


The arms in 1892
Arms (crest) of Nykarleby

The arms on a cover
Coat of arms (crest) of Nykarleby

The arms on a road sign

Literature: Pirinen, 1982

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