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Gola (Koprivnica-Krizevci, Croatia)

Opc'ina Gola

Last modified: 2006-10-28 by dov gutterman
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The official gazette of Koprivnica and Križevci County is available on line at <>. In the on-line numbers one can find descriptions of coat of arms and flags of communities, mainly in their statutes adopted in 2001 (after some non-flag related administrative changes requiering adoption of new statutes). So, these statutes do not introduce the symbols. Further on, not all new statutes describe the symbols. Some only mention that there is some other decision regarding the coat of arms and flag (sometimes quoting the titile, sometimes not), and sometimes there is provision that such decisions shall be made.
One of them is Statut Opcine Gola, 25. rujna 2001. Službeni glasnik Koprivnicko-križevacke županije, br. 10/01, god. IX, Koprivnica, 28. rujna 2001.
The coat of arms is: Vert within border or an oak leave argent in bend. The oak leave is said to represent the terittory of the community between Drava and state border towards Hungary, Gola being one of the rare places where Croatia speads on the other side of Drava on the whole its way between Medimure and Baranja. Green field and golden border stand for oak woods, pastures and corn fields of the region.
The flag is green with the coat of arms in the middle.
Željko Heimer, 21 Febuary 2003

The oak leave is described to be "slightly slanted", but this slightly is very literal, and I would never choose to describe it like that.
Ministry of Administration approved the design on 18 January 1996. The designer of this coa and flag is Mladen Vecenaj, famous painter from Gola - otherwise most well known for his nadve paintings, but he is also active in political life in Gola, and was member of community council at the time (and probably still is).
Source: [ern03]
Željko Heimer, 22 May 2003

The official gazette since 2000 is available on the web site of the County at <> including decisions on symbols of its cities and communities. The communities adopted new statutes in 2006, typically containing the descriptions of coat of arms and flags adopted previously, so I just quote them for documetry purposes:
Gola: The new statutes adopted in 2005 and 2006 repeat the prescriptions of the previous statutes already quoted above:   Statut Opcine Gola, 4.04.2005, Službeni glasnik Koprivnicko- križevacke županije, br. 5/05, 12.05.2005. Statut Opcine Gola, 16.01.2006, Službeni glasnik Koprivnicko- križevacke županije, br. 1/06, 26.01.2006.
Željko Heimer, 16 August 2006

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 22 May 2003