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Kidričevo (Municipality, Slovenia)

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Flag of Kidričevo, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 2 January 2002

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Presentation of Kidričevo

The municipality of Kidričevo (6,449 inhabitants in 2016; 7,150 ha) was formed in 1995 by separation from Ptuj. The town of Kidričevo (1,168 inhabitants in 2016) is a small industrial center, formerly called Strnišče, renamed after Boris Kidrič (1912-1953), a Slovene Communist politician, one of the leaders of the Slovene anti-fascist struggle in Second World War, and the first president of the People's Republic of Slovenia within Yugoslavia.

Željko Heimer, 2 January 2016

Flag of Kidričevo

The symbols of Kidričevo are prescribed by Decision (Odlok o grbu in zastavi Občine Kidričevo), adopted on 29 February 1996 and published on 7 March 1996, with effect on 22 March 1996. in the local official gazette Uradni vestnik občin Ormož in Ptuj (Gorišnica, Kidričevo, Majsperk, Videm, Dornava), No. 7.

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 in three fields, the first and third being green and the middle one square, of white colour. It contains three green wild chestnut leaves (2+1).

For some infuraited citizens, the adopted design was against all logic, since chestnut is extremely rare in the Kidričevo woods, where one may mostly find coniferous and acacia.
The symbols, designed after the idea from Darko Ferlinc from Kidričevo, were inaugurated and consecrated by the local parish priest, Karel Pavl, during the celebration of the Municipality Day. They were. The three leaves stand for the three former local communities that formed the municipality.
[Tednik, 29 February 1996, 2 July 1998]

Željko Heimer, 6 February 2017

Coat of arms of Kidričevo

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Coat of arms of Kidričevo - Image by Željko Heimer, 10 January 2002

The coat of arms of Kidričevo is "Per pale argent and vert issuant from the partition line three leaves counterchanged, two in dexter and one in sinister".
The leaves are that of wild chestnut. In nature these leaves are in fact composed of seven leaflets*, but it may well be simplified with five as on the design without loosing the identifiablity. Valt mentioned that people did not even notice that two leaflets were missing.

Željko Heimer, 2 January 2002

*But leaves of wild chestnuts do not all have seven leaflets. Most flora give 5-7 leaflets for wild chestnut.

Ivan Sache, 10 January 2002