Lääneranna Parish was formed in 2017 as a result of administrative reform, when Hanila, Koonga, Lihula and Varbla parishes were merged. We made visual concept & designed coat of arms, flags, business documents and much more.
The administrative reform merged previous 213 administrative units into 79 (fifteen cities ja 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 idea of parish seaside location and local activities. Blue describes swamps, bogs, clean air and water in general. 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 bird state is located here - Matsalu National Park. There are numerous eagle nesting sites in the Lääneranna parish and, as a result, also nature reserves, including the recently established Varbla Nature Reserve. The eagle, as the king of birds, symbolizes wisdom, strength and vision. The flying eagle carries from earth to sky a message of renewed life and resilience to go through hardships and share 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 center of the Saare-Lääne bishop and the bishop's residence were originally located in Lihula.
The wall-toothed division denotes a protective function, as such refers to the ancient Estonian rural towns, which in the Lääne County have as many as eight from the pre-crusade period (Lihula ancient castle, Soontagana rural town, Karuse castle, Keblaste Taramägi, Kurese ring rural - and the vassal castle (Lihula Episcopal Castle and Virtsu Vassal Castle).