Privilegium pro Slavis

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Privilegium pro Slavis

The Privilegium pro Slavis ("Privilege for the Slavs") is a privilege granted to the Slovaks in Žilina (German: Sillein; Hungarian: Zsolna), Kingdom of Hungary, by the King Louis I during his visit there in 1381.[1] According to this privilege, Slovaks and Germans each occupied half of the seats in the city council and the mayor should be elected each year, alternating between those nationalities. It was issued after the complaints of Slovak citizens that the Germans refused to respect this rule. The privilege was preserved from duplication in 1431.


  1. ^ Kirschbaum, Stanislav J. (1995). A history of Slovakia : the struggle for survival. New York: St. Martin’s Press.