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View of Lake Bled, in the middle of the lake is Bled Island.

The Slovenian anthem emphasises ties and friendship among nations

The last days of March 2021 mark the 31th anniversary since the then Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the National Anthem Act.

The seventh stanza of Zdravljica (A Toast), by France Prešeren, set to a piece of music of the same name composed by Stanko Premrl, became the Slovenian national anthem. The journey to the final decision was long. According to historian Božo Repe, Zdravljica is one of the few non-militant anthems.

Illustration: France Prešeren toasts to people.

A toast to all nations. | Author Damijan Stepančič

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