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Slovenian poem Zdravljica receives European Heritage Label

Ljubljana, 31 March - Zdravljica, a poem written in the 1840s by Slovenia's France Prešeren to celebrates peace, freedom and fraternity, has been awarded the European Heritage Label. The European Commission conferred the honour on Tuesday on ten pieces of heritage which testify about European ideals, values, history and integration.

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Zdravljica as handwritten by France Prešeren (1800-1849).
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
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The seventh stanza of Zdravljica, or A Toast in English, set to music by Stanko Premrl in 1905, was chosen to be Slovenia's national anthem in March 1990.

The winners of European Heritage Label were chosen by a jury from among entries sent in by EU member states, the European Commission said.

A total of 48 sites have so far been given the title, two of which in Slovenia: the WWII Franja Partisan Hospital and the Church of the Holy Spirit on Javorca hill.

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