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    Slovakia Geography 2000

      Location: Central Europe, south of Poland

      Geographic coordinates: 48 40 N, 19 30 E

      Map references: Europe

      Area:
      total: 48,845 sq km
      land: 48,800 sq km
      water: 45 sq km

      Area - comparative: about twice the size of New Hampshire

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,355 km
      border countries: Austria 91 km, Czech Republic 215 km, Hungary 515 km, Poland 444 km, Ukraine 90 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

      Climate: temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

      Terrain: rugged mountains in the central and northern part and lowlands in the south

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Bodrok River 94 m
      highest point: Gerlachovka 2,655 m

      Natural resources: brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 31%
      permanent crops: 3%
      permanent pastures: 17%
      forests and woodland: 41%
      other: 8% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 800 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: air pollution from metallurgical plants presents human health risks; acid rain damaging forests

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Geography - note: landlocked

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