National symbols of Slovenia

National symbols of Slovenia

The National symbols of Slovenia are the symbols used in Slovenia and abroad to represent the nation and its people.

Political and ethnic symbols:

  • The most common and recognizable of these is the Flag of Slovenia.
  • The Coat of arms of Slovenia, a part of the flag itself.
  • A leaf of a Linden or Lime tree, an important part of Slovene national heritage. Village assemblies, councils and other gatherings were traditionally held around circular tables beneath such a tree.
    The common heart-shaped linden leaf.
  • The stylized graphical representation of the three peaks of Mount Triglav, the central device of the current coat of arms, has functioned as a national symbol since WWII, having been the emblem of the Liberation Front and subsequent communist-era arms.
  • The coat of arms of Carniola or just its eagle are still considered national symbols, being the signs of one of the two historical Slavic duchies, Carniola and Carantania, but are considered historic rather than current ones.
  • The principal symbols of Carantania, such as the Prince's Stone and the Duke's Chair, are considered Slovene national symbols by Slovenes, but this point of view is opposed by certain Slovene scholars and many Austrians, most notably Jörg Haider, the latter claiming them as Austria's political heritage.
  • In the late 1980s, several symbols from the Middle Ages were revived as Slovenian national symbols, though their use is largely restricted to nationalist circles. Among them, the most popular are the so-called Slovene Hat, the crest of the coat of arms of the Slovene March, and the Black Panther, a reconstruction of the supposed coat of arms of the principality of Carantania.
  • Zemljovid Slovenske dezele in pokrajin.jpg
    Peter Kozler's 19th-century map of the Slovene Lands has been used as a symbolic representation for United Slovenia. Since the 1980s, it has been used as a symbolic representation for the "common Slovenian cultural area" (Slovene: Skupni slovenski kulturni prostor or Enotni slovenski kulturni prostor) which transcends national borders.

Cultural symbols:

  • Another symbol connected to Triglav comes from the folktale of the Zlatorog or "Goldenhorn," a mythical chamois living in an enchanted garden near its summit.
  • The carnation is widely cultivated in Slovenia; the red carnation in particular is considered the national flower.
  • Creatures endemic to Slovenia, including the Olm, the Carniolan honey bee or the Lipizzaner horse are sometimes also considered as representing the Slovene national identity.
  • The painting of The Sower by Ivan Grohar, writings by the Slovene Protestant reformer Primož Trubar and the Slovene national poet France Prešeren are also considered national symbols. The latter's work includes the national anthem.
  • Distinctive architecture such as the Kozolec (a type of hayrack) also fits into this category, notably the double kozolec known as a"toplar."

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