Lääneranna Parish was formed in 2017 as a result of administrative reform, when Hanila, Koonga, Lihula and Varbla parishes were merged. We made the visual concept & designed a coat of arms, flags, document templates and much more.
The administrative reform merged previous 213 administrative units into 79 (fifteen cities and 64 parishes). The contest to find new visual solution for Lääneranna parish was made in 2017 and we were able to win it.
Our idea holds the concept of the seaside location of the parish, and the local activities. The blue describes swamps, bogs, clean air and water in general. The white symbolises light, purity, determination of youth and hope for the future.
The symbol of Estonian wilderness, the eagle, denotes the nature community of Lääneranna parish and partly refers that our “bird state”, the Matsalu National Park, is located here. There are numerous eagle nesting sites in Lääneranna parish and, as a result, also nature reserves, including the recently established Varbla Nature Reserve.
The eagle, the king of birds, symbolises wisdom, strength and vision. The flying eagle carries from earth to sky a message of renewed life and resilience to go through hardships and shared freedom. The courage to look ahead and achieve what seems unattainable.
The eagle also refers to the evangelist John, the patron saint of the bishop of Saare-Lääne, whose symbol it was; The centre of the Saare-Lääne diocese and the bishop’s residence were originally located in Lihula.
The wall-toothed division denotes a protective function, and as such refers to the ancient Estonian rural towns, which in Lääne County there are as many as eight from the pre-crusade period (Lihula ancient castle, Soontagana rural town, Karuse castle, Keblaste Taramägi, Kurese ring rural castle, and the vassal castles Lihula Episcopal Castle and Virtsu Vassal Castle).