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Source: Polar Post Svalbard
|Franciae Vexilla [frv] #
16/62 (December 1999) has its main contribution on Svalbard
archipelago, with a very limited flag-related content.
Ivan Sache, 19 December 1999
As far as I know, the 1989 "arms" are only an unofficial logo used by Sysselmannen (the governor) in advertisements, etc. These "arms" have never been officially approved by the proper authorities. The proper insignia for the governor is the Norwegian national coat of arms.
The position of sysselmann (governor) is still valid and Svalbard has not been attached to the county of Nordland. Svalbard is a separate administrative entity.
I suppose Franciae Vexilla used an article
in Nordisk Flaggkontakt [nfa]. In that
article the information that the
Norwegian-lion-on-a-field-of-vair-blue-and-white was a proposal that was never
approved was printed in bold to avoid misunderstandings.
Jan Oskar Engene, 20 December 1999