The national flag of the central European country of Slovenia features equal horizontal bands of traditional Pan-Slavis colors with white on top followed by blue in the center and red on the bottom. The hoist side of the flag features the Slovenia coat of arms which is made up of a blue shield outlined in red. On the center of the shield is a depiction of a mountain with two wavy lines underneath representing the ocean and three six pointed stars situated above the stylized peaks. The flag was officially adopted on June 25, 1991.
What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?
The coat of arms of Slovenia was designed by Marko Pogačnik. The mountain depicted on it symbolizes Mount Triglav which is the country’s highest peak. The wavy lines near the bottom of the mountain refer to the Adriatic Sea as well as the various rivers which run through Slovenia. The three six pointed stars are representative of the 14th century coat of arms of the house of the Counts of Celje.
Who Designed the Flag?
During the period after Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslavia, government officials oversaw the design of a new official flag. The red star, a well-known political symbol, which had previously graced the flag, was replaced by the coat of arms. This significant design change wasn’t without its detractors and was the subject of much controversy and debate within the country.
What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?
Slovenia’s first flag dating back to 1848 consisted of the familiar three horizontal bands of color. Later during World War II a red star was added to the official design by the Slovenian Home Guard which was an anti-communist organization supported by Germany’s Nazi forces who were occupying the country at the time. After the advent of Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslavia the star symbol was removed from the flag and replaced by the modern coat of arms.
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