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Slovenska Bistrica (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Slovenska Bistrica]by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the flag

The flag of Slovenska Bistrica must be one of the oldest Slovenian local flags still in use unchanged, or at least without new legal document which would redefine it. There is little doubt that the current shape of the coat of arms, used on flag too, could not precede the Slovenian independence and introduction of the licence plate shields.

The coat of arms and flag were prescribed by decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi obcine Slovenska Bistrica, adopted on 27 June 1984., published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 23, 13 July 1984, pp. 1428-9, with effect on 20 July 1984.

The flag is rectangular in ratio 1:2, horizontally divided white-red with the coat of arms in the middle. The coat of arms is always upright (i.e. there is different vertical banner).

Banderas [ban] gives the same information with some minor differences:

  • the adoption date is given 22 May 1984 according to Zbornik Obcine Sl. Bistrica 2/84
  • the coat of arms contains a border countercharged (to flag fields?). There is no hint in the decision on countercharging, and regarding the dates, it is clearly stated that the decision was adopted on 26 and 27 June 1984 (on three sessions of the three houses of the municipal council).

Zeljko Heimer,  15 March 2000

Coat of arms

[Flag of Slovenska Bistrica]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms of Slovenska Bistrica is red with silver embattled wall with five embattlments, behind which are rising three silver towers. The middle tower is wider and taller, topped with three embattlements and having a roman bifora (double arched window). The outer towers have a red conical roof under which there are three galleries, and with a golden ball at the top. In the wall are three red doorways, the middle being larger.

The decision prescribes that above the shield there is an inscription with the municipality full name in capital letters, but this seems to be ignored and not used neither on coat of arms used alone nor when it is on the flag.

Zeljko Heimer,  15 March 2000