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Municipal flag of Izola - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 October 1999
Izola / Isola (14,488 inhabitants) is a bilingual municipality, with an Italian minority, located on the Slovenska Istra (Slovenian Istria), an area locally known as Obala (the Coast).
Željko Heimer & Goran Kalister, 26 June 2003
The coat of arms and the flag of Izola are prescribed by the municipality statutes Statut Občine Izola, adopted on 15 June 1995 and published in the local official gazette Uradne objave.
The flag is described simply as being light blue with the coat of arms. The image shown above is assuming a 1:2 ratio.
Stanič [stj05] states that the symbols were confirmed by Decision on 25 October 1999. He gives the colour specifications as: Yellow, Pantone 129u; green, Pantone 347u and blue, Pantone 2995u.
Željko Heimer, 8 February 2006
Coat of arms of Izola - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 October 1999
The coat of arms of Izola is a light blue shield with a yellow mount in base and a white dove flying carrying a green olive branch in its beak. The mount is said to symbolize an island. Izola was once an island, as this is the case for many old cities in the Adriatic Sea, but is now connected with the mainland.
Albert Pucer, archivist in the Museum of Koper quote by Stanič [stj05], explains the legend behind the coat of arms as follows. The city of Koper was invaded and looted by Genovese who determined their next prey as a small city located on the island of Izola. They believed it would be an easy prey, but at the moment they were getting near a dove flew out of the belfry of the church of Izola. The dove was shining so bright that the Genovese could not see the city anymore and had to sail back. Since then the city shows in its coat of arms a dove with an olive branch in its beak over the golden island.
Željko Heimer & Goran Kalister, 8 February 2006
Former flag of Izola - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 October 1999
The article Banderas municipales de Eslovenia, published in Banderas [ban] #58 (March 1996) gives the former flag of Izola, adopted on 19 June 1987, and presumably abandoned in 1995. The difference is in the shape of the coat of arms, here being oval with a copper-coloured baroque border around it.
Željko Heimer, 31 October 1999