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Ljubljana (Civic Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Ljubljana]by Zeljko Heimer

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Presentation of the municipality

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was before 1995 divided into the communities of Bezigrad, Center, Moste-Polje, Siska and Vic-Rudnik, though the city had minor administrative status, In 1995 (or 1994), communities were re-united into the municipality of Ljubljana, which was given in 1996 (?) the status of civic municipality.

Zeljko Heimer, 5 January 2002

Description of the flag

The coat of arms and flag are prescribed in decision Odlok o uporabi grba, zastave in imena Mestne obcine Ljubljana, adopted on 2 April 1996. and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 35, pp. 3004-6, 5. VII. 1996, effective on 19 July 1996. The decision determines the graphical and other standards for the coat of arms and the flag, the description and basic layout being defined in the Statute of the Civic Municipality of Ljubljana. Annexes to the decision are the construction sheets, color specification and descriptions.

The symbols were designed by Valt Jurecic of Heraldika d.o.o. and Heraldica Slovenica, who kindly provided drawings from which the images shown on this page were made.

The flag is rectangular in ratio 2:5, horizontally divided white- green, with the municipal coat of arms in the middle, the width of which is 1/2 of the hoist size.The coat of arms is outlined in yellow, which is clearly visible in the drawing in the official gazette, but the text does not mention either his outline or its color. From the image, the width of the outline is 1 unit used for coat of arms construction, so the coat of arms with outline is in ratio 30:35.

Colors are given in CMYK:

  • green Y 100% C 100%
  • red Y 100% M 100%

[Variant of the flag]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag as described in the official gazette differs by its coat of arms from the flag designed by Valt and shown on top of this page

Zeljko Heimer, 5 January 2002

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Ljubljana]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms of Ljubljana can be blazoned as:

Gules, issuant from three mounts vert a city tower argent doored and windowed sable on which is sitting a dragon of the second.

The shield is semicircular, width to height 28:33 units, and the lines of the elements are matching to the mesh formed by those.

[Variant of the coat of arms]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms as prescribed in the official gazette differs of the one designed by Valt . Most notably, the difference is in the shape of the

shield (rounded or in point at the base), the golden outline (with or without whitespace in between), the portculis at the gate, and the artistic rendition of the dragon (pink tongue and yellow claws in Valt's version).

Zeljko Heimer, 5 January 2002

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag]by Zeljko Heimer

This first version of the vertical flag is drawn with the coat of arms as designed by Valt.

[Variant of the vertical flag]by Zeljko Heimer

This variant version of the vertical flag is drawn using the coat of arms as described in the decision.

Zeljko Heimer, 5 January 2002

Former flag

[Former flag of Ljubljana]by Uros Zizmund

The image shown above is in some details different from the currently official layout, but it agrees much whith what I have noted in previous years also. I assume that this design is the previous one, now superseeded. In any case, the new decision superseded the decision Odlok o uporabi grba, zastave in imena mesta Ljubljana, published in 1979 in the official gazette of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, nr. 3/79.

That design differs from the current one in minor details: the shape of thecoat of arms (pointed end at base vs. semicircular today), the drawing of the dragon, the portcullis (not included in the current version), and the flag ratio (1:2 vs. 2:5 today). The colour shades may not be significantly different.

Zeljko Heimer, 5 January 2002