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Oplotnica (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Oplotnica]by Zeljko Heimer

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Presentation of the municipality

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

Zeljko Heimer, 17 January 2002

Description of the flag

The flag and arms are prescribed by decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi, adopted on 12 October 1999, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 91/99, 10 November 1999.

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 is 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.

Zeljko Heimer, 17 January 2002

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Oplotnica]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms can be blazoned as follows:

Divided 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 mentioned that the municipality wanted to have on its arms symbols of the river energy potentials, as mills and saw have been run on the watter power 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 contact between the municipality and Heraldika d.o.o. However, both the idea and the drawing of the symbols are products of Valt and his company.

Zeljko Heimer, 21 January 2002

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag of Oplotnica]by Zeljko Heimer

The vertical flag differs from the 90-degree rotated horizontal flag only in small details regarding the crossings of the spokes around the wheel axis.

Zeljko Heimer, 21 January 2002