Slovenian Statehood Day (25 June)

Slovenians celebrate their national statehood day on 25 June.

Celebration in Trg Republike.

This young state declared the day a national holiday in memory of 25 June 1991, when Slovenia declared its independence and separated from Yugoslavia.

This holiday is also referred to as the Day of Slovenian Sovereignty, and Slovenian citizens consider it their most important national holiday.

Following the favorable outcome of the plebiscite for independence, the Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the constitutional act implementing the basic constitutional charter on the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Slovenia on 25 June 1991.

This was closely followed by the declaration of Independence, and sovereignty was proclaimed on 26 June in Trg Republike, Republic Square, in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. One day after this, the so-called Ten-Day War began.

The crisis was solved thanks to diplomatic efforts which lead to the signing of the Brioni agreement (7 July 1991), and the Yugoslav People’s Army entirely left the country by October 1991.

At the end of the moratorium stipulated by the Brioni agreement Slovenia introduced its own currency, established border controls, and passed the constitution on 23 December 1991.

Slovenia became a full member of the United Nations on 22 May 1992, and in May 2004 the country joined the European Union.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 3:23 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2010 10:58 AM