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Slovenia

Constitution as adopted on 23 December 1991.

Article 11

    The Slovene language shall be the official language in Slovenia. In the communes with Italian or Hungarian populations, the Italian or Hungarian language shall also be the official language.

Article 61

    Everyone has the right to freely express his belonging to his nation or nationality, to develop and express his culture and to use his language and alphabet.

Article 62

    Everyone has the right, in the exercise of the rights and duties as well as in proceedings before state organs and public authorities, to use his own language and alphabet, in the manner determined by law.

Article 64

    The autochthonous Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities and their members are entitled freely to use their ethnic symbols in order to preserve their ethnic identity, they are entitled to establish organisations, develop economic, cultural, scientific and research activities, and activities in the fields of mass media and publishing. Further they are entitled, as determined by law, to education in their language or to bilingual education. Regions where bilingual schools are compulsory shall be determined by law. The two ethnic communities and their members are entitled to cultivate the relations with their two parent nations and their respective states. The state shall support the implementation of the aforementioned rights financially and morally…

Note: The complete text of the Constitution and further information on the constitutional background of Slovenia are provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Bern.


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