Municipality of Gornji Petrovci

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Municipality of Gornji Petrovci
Občina Gornji Petrovci
Municipality
Location of the Municipality of Gornji Petrovci in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Gornji Petrovci in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°48′N 16°13′E / 46.800°N 16.217°E / 46.800; 16.217Coordinates: 46°48′N 16°13′E / 46.800°N 16.217°E / 46.800; 16.217
Country  Slovenia
Government
 • Mayor Franc Šlihthuber
Area
 • Total 66.8 km2 (25.8 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,175
 • Density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

The Municipality of Gornji Petrovci (Slovene: Občina Gornji Petrovci) is a municipality in Slovenia. The seat of the municipality is the town of Gornji Petrovci. The municipality was established in its current form on 3 October 1994, when the former larger Municipality of Murska Sobota was subdivided into nine smaller municipalities.[2]

The municipality includes 14 villages, represented in the municipal coat of arms by fourteen simplified blue houses. The shield also includes a heraldic otter holding a golden fish. The municipal holiday is 18 August, chosen as the anniversary of the crash landing of a stratospheric balloon with the Belgian pioneering baloonists Max Cosyns and Nérée van der Elst in 1934.[3]

The majority of the population of the municipality are Lutherans, making the Municipality of Gornji Petrovci one of the very few Slovenian municipalities with a non-Catholic majority.

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