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Sovereignty Day Slovenia 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Sovereignty Day is a public holiday in Slovenia, celebrated on 25 October.

Commemorating one of the key events in the process of attaining independence, the withdrawal of the last Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) soldier from the territory of present-day Slovenia.

It is a state holiday, but not a work-free day.

The Ten-Day War, a civil war, started in the former Yugoslavia on 27 June 1991 between the Yugoslav army and the Slovenian Territorial Defence, ending on 7 July with Slovenia's decisive victory and Slovenia becoming independent.

In the Brioni Agreement signed by both parties, Slovenia agreed to postpone its independence by three months and the Yugoslavian military was allowed to leave Slovenian territory in stages, with a deadline of the end of October.

The last Yugoslav soldier left around midnight of 25–26 October 1991, the day now declared as "Sovereignty Day".

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