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Municipal flag of Žiri, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 22 October 2002
The municipality of Žiri was formed in 1995. Altough a small town, Žiri is a large industrial center. Not only the widely known sportswear factory is situated there (Alpina, known mainly for the ski shoes), but other as well.
Željko Heimer, 12 April 2000
The flag and arms of Žiri are prescribed by Decision Odlok o istovetnosti simbolih Občine Žiri, adopted on 6 December 2000, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 26/2001.
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 proportion 2:5, with a blue square hoist part containing the three yellow beechnuts from the coat of arms and a fly end horizontally divided yellow-blue-yellow.
The attachement to the Decision gives the following colour specifications:
Željko Heimer, 25 June 2006
Coat of arms of Žiri - Image by Željko Heimer, 22 October 2002
The coat of arms of Žiri is:
Divided per fess wavy argent, in chief vert three beechnuts or and in base azure a lintvern or.
The lintvern is a kind of a dragon connected to the earthquake legends. Beechnuts recalls the name of the municipality.
The name Žiri means "beechnuts". In 1997 the municipality made a
referendum to decide on the municipal holyday and symbols, the call
for referendum being issued as Odlok o razpisu zakonodajnega
referenduma o dolocitvi praznika Občine Žiriin dolocitvi njenih
simbolov, adopted on 22 October 1997, and published in the
official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije 67/1997 on 30 October 1997.
The referendum was scheduled for 23 November 1997.
The question on the referendum included the description of the proposed coat of arms as:
Blue lintvern on silver field holding in paws a beech branch with a beechnut and two beech leaves.
What is a lintvern? There seems to be several small rivers called that name, it seems it is also a name of some noble family and there is a rock band bearing that name, but all that seems rather farfetched. Finally I found in one page mention of a legend (quite unrelated otherwise) mentioning a dragon sleeping underground, the dragon being called locally lintvern, and that dragon having a long tail whose moves result in floods. Anyway, the name looks related to a known heraldic beast - namely the wyvern, that is also kind of a dragon with a long tail. So, we can guess that the coat of arms of Žiri includes some heraldic beast similar to a wyvern.
There is no mention of a flag in the referendum call.
Željko Heimer, 22 October 2002