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Tórshavn Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of the Faroese capital of Tórshavn represents the literal meaning of the city’s name, “Thor’s Harbour.”

0074 Symbols of the City of Torshavn
Cobblestone Tórshavn Coat of Arms
Corner of Kongagøta and Niels Finsens gøta
Tóshavn, Faroe Islands
Web: wwwVisitTorshavn.fo
GPS: 62.011999, -6.774593

The Tórshavn Coat of Arms has been In use since the 1920’s although it has never actually been certified or formally adopted as such. 

The name of the city is literally translated as “Thor’s harbour” or “Thor’s haven.”

Coat of Arms of Tórshavn
Coat of Arms of Tórshavn

So naturally the Coat of arms would represent that.

Within the coat of arms is the muscular arm of the Nordic god of War, Thor.

Holding his legendary hammer, Mjölnir.

Below the arm you will see shimmering ripples of water, representing the waves of the harbour.

The first draft of this coat of arms design was originally drawn in 1921 by Jógvan Waagstein with this sketch.

Original Tórshavn Coat of Arms Sketch
Original Tórshavn Coat of Arms Sketch

The Official Seal for the City of Tórshavn

Seal of Tórshavn
Seal of Tórshavn

The official seal for the city of Torshavn includes the coat of arms with the words Tórshavnar Kommuna, or Tóshan Municipality, encircling the coat of arms.

The Tórshavn Municipality covers the southern half of Streymoy island and adjacent minor islands and has an area of 173 km². It became an independent municipality in 1866 and is the largest in the Faroes.

Torshavn Municipality
Torshavn Municipality

Throughout the municipality you will see this official seal on Government buildings and official government vehicles. 

Seal of Tórshavn on Van

Throughout Torshavn however, you will see many variations of the Torshavn Coat of Arms. 

Tórshavn Coat of Arms Manhole Cover

This symbol has been altered and used to show local pride in many ways. 

As fence posts.

Tórshavn Coat of Arms on Fencepost

In fashion.

Tórshavn Seal on Mask

And in one crosswalk the Coat of Arms appears through the creative use of Cobblestones.

Tórshavn Coat of Arms in Cobblestones

Keep your eyes out for the Torshavn Coat of Arms, and share any creative variation you discover here.

Tórshavn Coat of Arms in Cement


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