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Dortmund city (Germany)

Kreisfreie Stadt Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia

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[City of Dortmund flag] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 23 Feb 2001
Coat-of-arms adopted 1946

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City of Dortmund

Red and white are the the colours of the Hansa which Dortmund was a member of - Freie Reichs- und Hansestadt Dortmund, as it was used to be called. The arms come from its time as a free town within the Empire (freie Reichsstadt), which explains the black eagle on gold, and is also heraldically the same as the present arms of Germany (Bundeswappen), but is usually displayed in another design. The flag is displayed e.g. in the town hall of Dortmund. I have also seen it as a jack on a yacht in Stockholm harbour.
Elias Granqvist, 21 Oct 2000

Red-white with the arms. Red and white are the colours of the Hansa, the arms shows the imperial eagle, owing to Dortmund's former status as an imperial city. Sources: flag from the city website, arms from Stadler 1964-1971.
Stefan Schwoon, 23 Feb 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: Dortmund is an old city and received city rights in the early 13th century. The city was a free Imperial City and was thus entitled to use the Imperial Eagle in its arms and seals. (...) Contrary to the Imperial arms, the field was generally shown as silver. In 1871 the arms were granted with two lions as supporters and a mural crown. The supporters were again removed in 1888, the crown in 1908. In 1946 the silver field was finally changed to gold, the imperial (but not historical) colour.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.
Santiago Dotor, 19 Dec 2001

Flag without arms

[flag without arms] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Jul 2007

City of Dortmund (Northrhine-Westphalia)
The flags ratio is 3:5. It is a red over white horizontal bicolour.
Source: Klemens STADLER, images by Max REINHART: "Deutsche Wappen Bd.VII Nordrhein-Westfalen" Bremen 1972; p.34.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Jul 2007

Superimposed on this flag is the arms of the town, as can already be seen on top of this page.
I haven't read through and checked the information on the other municipalities Klaus-Michael Schneider sent. I just already know this about Dortmund, since I used to spend time there some years ago, when I had a girlfriend there.
Elias Granqvist, 13 Jul 2007