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Slovenia

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

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Country Name

Slovenia, or officially the Republic of Slovenia.

Location

Slovenia is a country located in Central Europe. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.


Capital

Ljubljana.



Reason for Naming

Slovenia's name means the "Land of the Slavs" in Slovene and other South Slavic languages.

It is thus a cognate of the words Slavonia, Slovakia, and Slavia. The etymology of Slav itself remains uncertain.





Flag

The first use of the flag was in 1848. The current Flag of Slovenia was adopted on June 25, 1991.

The flag of Slovenia consists of three equal horizontal stripes of traditional Pan-Slavic colors white, blue, and red.

The Slovenia coat of arms is placed on the hoist side of the flag, the coat of arms is made up of a blue shield outlined in red and a white mountain with two wavy lines underneath and three six-pointed stars situated above the stylized peaks.

The Red color represents the blood that had been shed during battles

for their freedom, the white color represents purity and peace

while the blue represents honor, and the mountain represents 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 (a powerful dynasty that ruled Slovenia in the 14th to 15th centuries).

*Flag Facts:

-The flags of Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the flag of Serbia are almost identical to one another, these flags comprise three horizontal stripes of red, blue, and white, but the difference is in the coat of arms also Russian flag didn't contain any symbols while the color of Serbian flag is upside down.

- The flags of Slovenia & Slovakia most closely resemble the Russian flag, which differs mainly in being longer than the Russian flag and incorporating their respective country's coat of arms into the flag design.



Language

The official language in Slovenia is Slovene, which is a member of the South Slavic language group.

Hungarian and Italian, are recognized as the first language of the protected Italian and Hungarian minorities, It is also a co-official language in Slovenia