Colors and the Meaning of the Slovenia Flag
The Slovenian flag consists of three equal horizontal bands. The top stripe is white, the blue in the middle and the red stripe at the bottom. In the center of the white and blue stripes, on the left side of the flag, is the dynasty coat of arms of the country, which consists of three points of Triglav Mountain-Slovenia’s highest mountain, the two blue stripes, and the 3 five-pointed yellow stars.
The three stars were inspired by the independence of Slovenia and the army of the Duke of Slovenia, Celje, which dates back to the 15th century. Although the Duchy failed, Austria-Hungary tried to get rid of the sovereignty. On the arm, the wavy blue stripes represent the rivers of the country. Blue, white and red are the traditional colors of Panslavism. They were initially accepted by the Slavic countries in the mid-19th century and were influenced by the Russian flag because Russia was an independent Slavic country. The colors that symbolize the Slavic unity and independence are on many flags and can be seen on the flag of many Slavic nations.
History of the Slovenia Flag
The Slovenian flag was adopted on 7 June 1991. White, blue and red colors were revealed by the nationalists of Slovenia in 1848, while Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Kingdom after the First World War, Slovenia was united with other Slavic countries in 1918 and Yugoslavia emerged in order to form a unity. Slovenia won independence from Yugoslavia in 1992.
Following Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia, the red star was removed and added a new coat of arms designed by Marko Pogačnik. The flag was officially accepted on 27 June 1991 after a long and controversial debate on the emblem of the new republic.
Slovenian artist Marko Pogacnik created the nation’s coat of arms in 1991. There have been numerous attempts to change the Slovenian flag, as it is similar to the Russian and Slovak flags, but no change has taken place after October 2004.
Neighboring Countries of Slovenia
A Central European country Slovenia is neighbor to Italy in the west, the Adriatic Sea in the southwest, Croatia in the south and east, Hungary in the northeast and Austria in the north.
Main Characteristics of Slovenia
Slovenia, one of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, became a member of the European Union three years after declaring its independence. Although the people of Slovenia come from the Slavic race, they are quite different from the other Slavic nations. Their language and lifestyle are not like Croats and Serbs.
As an educated and cultured nation, Slovenians are very different from other Balkan peoples with their hardworking and disciplined lifestyles. Slovenia is one of the smallest countries in Europe in size of the population and area and attracts attention with its industrial enterprises. Slovenia has a very good infrastructure, a trained workforce and a strategic position between the Balkans and Western Europe.
|Highest Point||Triglav (2,864 m)|
|Total Area||20,256 km2|