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Ljutomer (Municipality, Slovenia)

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Flag of Ljutomer, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 26 February 2006

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Flag of Ljutomer

The flag and arms of Ljutomer are prescribed by Decision Odlok o simbolih Občine Ljutomer, adopted on 28 May 1997 and published on 30 June 1997 in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, No. 39, with effect on 14 July 1997.
The Decision was amended by Odlok o spremembah in dopolnitvah odloka o simbolih Občine Ljutomer, adopted on 3 August 2001 and published in Uradni list Republike Slovenije, No. 94. The Amendment to the Decision does not change anything in particular regarding the flag and arms, but introduces other, new symbols. These new symbols are the key of the Town Hall, the Mayor's chain, symbols of municipal officials and the municipal diploma. All of them include the coat of arms, and some of them a stylized municipal flag.

The flag is rectangular, in proportions 1:3, horizontally divided white-green with the coat of arms in the middle. The width of the coat of arms is 3/5 of the hoist size.

The flag can be hoisted vertically, in which case the coat of arms is rotated to vertical position as well, with its width still 3/5 of the hoist size.

The colour specifications are:

Green Pantone 342c
Red   Pantone 186
Brown Pantone 1615c
Black Pantone Black c

Željko Heimer, 31 August 2002

Coat of arms of Ljutomer

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Coat of arms of Ljutomer - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 August 2002

The coat of arms of Ljutomer is "Argent, an unicorn rampant marron over a dragon vert langued gules, in chief sinister three balls gules two and one".
The shield is semicircular, lined with a double black line, and all elements are outlined in black as well.
The symbolic of the unicorn and dragon might be connected with the struggle of good and evil. Stanič & Jakopič [j2s05] show a coat of arms from the 17th century nearly identical to the current one.

Stanič & Jakopič [j2s05] mention an interesting "heraldic" local tradition: the small villages and towns in the region have traditional quasi-heraldic "coats of arms" symbolizing them often in a humorous way. These were mentioned for instance by Stanko Vraz in mid-19th century and by other significant historians and folklorists.
Examples (Tednik, 11 August 1967) are a female crab (Cven), a gander (Mota), a golden mountain (Spodnji Kamenščak), a frog on a chain (Zgornji Kamenščak), and a rüsa mask (Babinci).

Željko Heimer, 13 February 2017