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Oplotnica (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Oplotnica]         [Vertical flag of Oplotnica]

Flag of Oplotnica, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 17 January 2002

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Presentation of Oplotnica

The municipality of Oplotnica, named after a small river and located on the south-western slopes of the Pohorje, was formed in 1998, from parts of the municipality of Slovenska Bistrica.

Željko Heimer, 17 January 2002

Municipal flag of Oplotnica

The flag and arms of Oplotnica are prescribed by Decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi, adopted on 12 October 1999 and published on 10 November 1999 in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 91/1999.

The symbols were designed by Valt Jurečič 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 proportions 2:5, vertically divided yellow-blue-yellow, the middle blue field being square and containing the attribute from the coat of arms, the white mill wheel.

Stanič & Jakopič [j2s05] give the following colour specifications:
- Yellow: Pantone 109;
- Golden yellow: Pantone 1225;
- Green: Pantone 355;
- Blue: Pantone 300;
- Red: Pantone 185;
- Black: Pantone Black.

Željko Heimer, 9 May 2006

Coat of arms of Oplotnica

[Coat of arms of Oplotnica]

Coat of arms of Oplotnica - Image by Željko Heimer, 21 January 2002

The coat of arms of Oplotnica can be blazoned as "Per fess or and azure in chief three grapes gules slipped sable and leaved vert and in base a mill whieel argent".
Oplotnica is located in a traditional vine growing region, thus explaining inclusion of the grapes in the coat of arms.

Valt mentions that the municipality wanted to have on its arms symbols of the river energy potential, as mills and saw have been powered by water for ages. This was symbolized with the mill wheel and waves. The authorship of the coat of arms is also claimed by a citizen of Oplotnica, who acted as the contact between the municipality and Heraldika d.o.o. However, both the idea and the drawing of the symbols are products by Valt and his company.

Željko Heimer, 21 January 2002

Unofficial flag of Oplotnica

[Flag of Oplotnica]

Unofficial flag of Oplotnica - Image by Željko Heimer, 26 June 2010

While the prescribed municipal flag is clearly used (photo on p. 4 of the local journal Utrip, May 2010), the flag hoisted in front of the new school building (photo on p. 5 of the same reference) is a white flag with the full coat of arms and the name of the community above it, I would guess, an unofficial variant.

Željko Heimer, 26 June 2010