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Ernestinovo (Town, Osijek-Baranja County, Croatia)

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Presentation of Ernestinovo

Ernestinovo is located about 15 km south of Osijek. It has about 2,200 inhabitants, half of them living in the village of the same name.
The settlement was established in the mid-19th century, settled mostly by Danube Swabians from Bacs (Bačka) County; it was named after the lady of the manor, Ernestina Klein, as Ernenstinenhof. The nearby village of Laslovo is much older: the Croatian-Hungarian king Ladislas erected a church dedicated to St. Ladislas (Hungarian, Laszlo) in the early 15th century and by the end of the 19th century most of the population was Hungarian. After the First World War, the villages were populated by no less than eight ethnic communities, including Croats, Serbs, Hungarians, Germans, Italians, Macedonians, Bosnian Muslims. At the end of the Second World War, it was much devastated in final operations and the majority of Germans was exiled. The villages were populated moslty by Serbs and Croats from the Lika region. The villages again were much devastated and inhabitants exiled after the Serb agression in the 1990s. Today, beside the Croatian majority, the municipality has considerable Hungarian population (ca. 20%) and large Serb population (ca. 8%), with remnants of some other minorities.

Željko Heimer, 2 January 2011

Symbols of Ernestinovo

On the 8th session of the Municipal Assembly, held in 2009 or early 2010, the "issuing of an invited contest for the coat of arms of the municipality" was discussed; presumably, one or several artists were invited to submit their proposals. On the 12th session, which might have been held in 2010, there was "considering proposal(s) for the coat of arms and the flag of Ernestinovo". The Croatian text does not permit discerning whether it was one proposal or several being considered.

The Municipality Statutes, in accordance with the State legislation regarding the issue, explicitly permits the use of the minority symbols in the municipality.

Željko Heimer, 2 January 2011