Slovenian poem Zdravljica receives European Heritage Label

The manuscript of the Slovenian poem Zdravljica
The manuscript of the Slovenian poem Zdravljica Image: France Preseren Wikimedia CC0

Zdravljica, a poem written in the 1840s by Slovenia’s France Prešeren to celebrate peace, freedom and fraternity, has received the European Heritage Label. In total, the European Commission awarded the European Heritage Label to ten sites across Europe.

The poem, set to music in 1905, was chosen to be Slovenia’s national anthem in 1990. An ode to wine, it is one of the few national anthems that is not militant. The poem celebrates the idea of tolerance and coexistence among nations and has influenced the development of Slovenian identity.

You can read the full news article on The Slovenia Times’ website. For more information about the European Heritage Label, visit Creative Europe’s website.