National Flag of Slovenia
On 25 June 1991, Slovenia proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia and the flag was hoisted officially and for the first time on the Republic Square in front of the Slovenian parliament in Ljubljana.
Modern Slovenia is constituted of the entire historic province of Kranjska (Carniola), a part of Stajerska (Styria), a tiny part of Koroška (Carinthia), a part of Istria and some other parts.
The central region of Slovenia is Carniola, and its original coat of arms had a golden eagle with red claws on a blue background. Later, Vienna demanded that the golden beast be replaced by a silver one. When these colours were transfered into colours on a flag we got the white-blue-red flag. A flag with these three plain horizontal stripes was also the official flag of Slovenia up to 1945. White-blue-red are also traditional Slavic colours. (Not to be confused with the Slovakian national flag, which is remarkably similar)
The coat of arms of Slovenia was designed by Marko Pogačnik. Its main elements are the three-peaked Triglav mountain (the highest peak of the land) and three yellow stars. The three stars are from the coat of arms of the old Slovenian family of the Counts of Celje. Extracted from: Flags Of The World
I'm a pastery fiend! My favorite part of travel in Europe is trying the local sweats. Local sweets here are largely Austrian in style, but not completely. Ljubljana is full of cafes with abundant outdoor seating where you can sit and enjoy a treat washed down with an espresso or capuccino. YUM! Alternatively, down by the main market there is a building with lots of little bakeries side by side. Go in, find something that looks appealing and then find a nice step or bench by the river to savor it. Ljubljana is just a lovely little city with a Central European flair. I've heard it compared to a mini-Prague, which I think is fair. I love wandering the small streets, cafes, fountains, passage ways, etc.
Although I was in Slovenia for just a few days, less than 1 week even. The money notes are the memories that I would always remember Slovenia & particularly Ljubljana for.
In 2004, all these money notes will have new designs maybe, Euros designs but now at least from you, you still get to see them.
Explore the Beautiful City of Ljubljana
Ljubljana has a lot to offer the traveller, Museum, Galleries, Arts, Opera, Shopping, Site-seeing, And an incredible amount of History. My best memory of Ljubljana goes back a long way, and it is in the memory of a child.
More memories have been added since then, when I visited my Birth City again, as an adult.
Flag of the European Union (EU)
Slovenia is a member of the European Union.
Since 1 May 2004, the 27 members of European Union are:
Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | The Czech Republic | Cyprus | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | The Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom |
The historical evolution of membership is:
* 1958: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
* 1973: Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom
* 1981: Greece
* 1986: Portugal, Spain
* 1995: Austria, Finland, Sweden
* 2004: The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
* 2007: Bulgaria, Romania
The twelve yellow stars on a blue field were officially adopted as the symbol of the European Community on 26 May 1986.
12 was reckoned to be a "good" number because it had no political innuendo, and there are
* 12 signs of the zodiac;
* 12 hours on a clock;
* 12 months in a year;
* 12 apostles;
* 12 tables of Roman Law;
* and 12 starry crowns of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Extracted from: Flags Of The World