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STOCKHOLM

Province (Landskap): Södermanland, Uppland
County (Län): Stockholms län
Additions : 1913 Brännkyrka; 1916 Bromma; 1949 Hässelby Villastads, Spånga (partly), some parts of other municipalities after 1950.

Arms of Stockholm

Official blazon

I blått fält ett krönt S:t Erikshuvud av guld.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on January 19, 1934.

The oldest seal of Stockholm only shows a tower, it dates from around 1280. The second seal also shows a tower and city wall. The third, smaller, seal dates from around 1370 and is the first seal to show the head. The head gradually appears as arms and as a symbol of the city on seals, buildings and images.

Seals of Stockholm:

Seal of Stockholm

The oldest seal of Stockholm (1296)
Seal of Stockholm

The seal of Stockholm from 1326
Seal of Stockholm

The oldest seal of Stockholm with the head (1370)
Seal of Stockholm

The seal of Stockholm from 1680


The oldest seal of Stockholm with the head.

The head is supposedly the head of St. Erik, the patron saint of the city and the country. He is often shown as a young man with relatively long hair. Even though the composition of the arms did not change, the shape of both the head and the crown have changed often, according to the style of the period.

Arms of Stockholm

The arms as shown by Liljeblad, 1878
Arms of Stockholm

The arms in the Kaffe Hag album +/- 1935
Arms of Stockholm

The arms in the Abadie albums
Arms of Stockholm

The arms +/- 1910
Arms of Stockholm

Greeting card, 1950s

The arms as used in the city:

Arms of Stockholm
Arms of Stockholm
Arms of Stockholm
Arms of Stockholm
Arms of Stockholm
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Arms of Stockholm


Literature : Scheffer, C.G.U.; Svensk Vapenbok, Stockholm, 1967; Neveus and de Waern, Ny Svensk Vapenbok, 1992.

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