Drava Banovina
Dravska banovina
Дравска бановина
Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia

Drava Banovina (red) within
Kingdom of Yugoslavia (light yellow)
• 1931
15,849 km2 (6,119 sq mi)
• 1921
• 1931
Historical eraInterwar period
• Established
3 October 1929
• Disestablished
16 April 1941
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Duchy of Carniola
Nazi Germany
Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Hungary
Today part ofSlovenia, Croatia

The Drava Banovina or Drava Banate (Slovene and Serbo-Croatian: Dravska banovina), was a province (banovina) of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia between 1929 and 1941. This province consisted of most of present-day Slovenia and was named for the Drava River. The capital city of the Drava Banovina was Ljubljana.


According to the 1931 Constitution of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia,

The Drava Banovina is bounded by a line passing from the point where the northern boundary of the district of Čabar cuts the State frontier, then following the State frontier with Italy, Austria and Hungary to a point where the State frontier with Hungary reaches the river Mura (north-east of Čakovec). From the river Mura, the boundary of the Banovina follows the eastern and then the southern boundaries; of the districts of Lendava, Ljutomer, Ptuj, Šmarje, Brežice, Krško, Novo Mesto, Metlika, Črnomelj, Kočevje and Logatec, including all the districts mentioned.[1]

Also in 1931, the Municipality of Štrigova (now in Croatia) was separated from the Čakovec District and the rest of Međimurje and was included in the Ljutomer District in the Drava Banovina.[2]

Presidential Palace. Ljubljana
The building that housed the administrative seat of Banovina today serves as the Government Building and President's Office of Slovenia
Map of the Drava Banovina


The Drava Banovina was administratively subdivided into 29 counties (called srez):


Main article: World War II in the Slovene Lands

In 1941 the World War II Axis powers occupied the Drava Banovina, and it was divided largely between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, while Hungary annexed Prekmurje and the Independent State of Croatia annexed some smaller border areas.[3]

Following World War II the region was reconstituted, with additional pre–World War II Italian territory (Julian March), as the Federal State of Slovenia, within a federal second Yugoslavia.

List of Bans

The following is the list of people who held the title of Ban (governor) of Drava Banovina:[4]

Portrait Name
Term of office Party
Start End
Dušan Sernec
9 October
4 December
Slovene People's Party (SLS)
Drago Marušič
4 December
8 February
Yugoslav National Party (JNS)
Dinko Puc
8 February
10 September
Yugoslav Democratic Party (JDS)
Marko Natlačen
10 September
16 April
Slovene People's Party (SLS)

See also


  1. ^ The Constitution of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  2. ^ Kalšan, Vladimir (2006). Međimurska povijest [History of Međimurje] (in Croatian). Čakovec: Vladimir Kalšan. p. 285. ISBN 953-98293-1-3.
  3. ^ Možina, Jože (2019). Slovenski razkol. Celje: Društvo Mohorjeva družba. pp. 45ff. ISBN 978-961-278-468-3.
  4. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Slovenia". World Statesmen.org. Retrieved 9 September 2013.

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