Independence and Unity Day in Slovenia in 2024

Independence and Unity Day in Slovenia in 2024
Ljubljana's city center, Slovenia. Image via Deposit Photos
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Independence and Unity Day
  Dates of Independence and Unity Day in Slovenia
2025 Slovenia Fri, Dec 26 National Holiday
2024 Slovenia Thu, Dec 26 National Holiday
2023 Slovenia Tue, Dec 26 National Holiday
2022 Slovenia Mon, Dec 26 National Holiday
2021 Slovenia Sun, Dec 26 National Holiday

Commemorates the proclamation of the Slovenian independence referendum in 1990

  Local name
Dan samostojnosti in enotnosti

When is Slovenian Independence and Unity Day?

This state holiday is always celebrated on December 26th. In Slovenian, it is known as 'Dan samostojnosti in enotnosti'.

History of Slovenian Independence and Unity Day

This holiday commemorates the official proclamation of results of the Slovenian independence referendum (known as the 'independence plebiscite') on December 26th 1990.

The question asked was: "Should the Republic of Slovenia become an independent and sovereign state?" (Ali naj Republika Slovenija postane samostojna in neodvisna država?).

The results showed that an overwhelming 94.8% of voters (88% turnout) favoured the establishment of an independent and sovereign nation.

Slovenia was one of the six republics that formed Yugoslavia from 1944 until 1990.

Until 2005, the holiday was simply called Independence Day (dan samostojnosti). 'Unity' was added in 2005 to emphasise the national consensus at the time of the 1990 referendum - DEMOS, a coalition of several parties won the first free multi-party elections in Slovenia in 1990, hastening the act of independence.

The change in the name at least helped to reduce any potential confusion between Slovenia's Independence and Unity Day and Slovenia's Statehood Day, which is celebrated annually on June 25th and commemorates the declaration of Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

As it falls on the day after Christmas, a number of events and ceremonies take place before Independence and Unity Day.

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