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Vosges (Department, France)

Last modified: 2013-12-29 by ivan sache
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Flag of Vosges - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 21 December 1998

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Administrative data

Code: 88
Region: Lorraine
Traditional provinces: Lorraine, Champagne
Bordering departments: Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saône, Territoire de Belfort

Area: 5,874 km2
Population (2006): 379,975 inhabitants

Préfecture: Éspinal
Sous-préfectures: Neufchâteau, Saint-Dié
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 31 cantons, 515 communes.

The department is named after the Vosges mountains.

Ivan Sache, 14 November 2009

Flag of the department

The flag of the department of Vosges is flying on the building of the General Council in Épinal. The flag is a banner of the arms of the department, designed by Robert Louis and adopted in 1946 as:
De sinople mantelé d'argent à trois sapins de l'un en l'autre, au chef d'or à la bande de gueules chargée de trois alérions d'argent (Per chevron couped vert and argent three fir trees eradicated counter changed a chief or on a bend gules three alerions argent).

The firs symbolize the forests of the department. White symbolises snow. The chief of the flag is made of the banner of the arms of Lorraine.

Pascal Vagnat, 26 October 2009

Flag of the General Council

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Flag of the General Council of Vosges - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 October 2009

The flag of the General Council of Vosges, as photographied by Pascal Vagnat in Thaon-les-Vosges in February 2006, is white with the logo of the General Council.

The logo of the General Council of Vosges shows on a white background a green hexagon with a white grid superimposed and three "greener" stones, probably representing the location of the department on a schematic map of France. A blue "V", for the name of the department, is placed just below the hexagon. The whole is flanked by the writing "CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL" (top, underlined) and "des Vosges" (bottom) in blue letters.

Ivan Sache, 26 October 2009