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    Slovenia Geography 2000

      Location: Southeastern Europe, eastern Alps bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia

      Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 15 00 E

      Map references: Europe

      Area:
      total: 20,253 sq km
      land: 20,253 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,334 km
      border countries: Austria 330 km, Croatia 670 km, Italy 232 km, Hungary 102 km

      Coastline: 46.6 km

      Maritime claims: NA

      Climate: Mediterranean climate on the coast, continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east

      Terrain: a short coastal strip on the Adriatic, an alpine mountain region adjacent to Italy and Austria, mixed mountain and valleys with numerous rivers to the east

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 m
      highest point: Triglav 2,864 m

      Natural resources: lignite coal, lead, zinc, mercury, uranium, silver, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 12%
      permanent crops: 3%
      permanent pastures: 24%
      forests and woodland: 54%
      other: 7% (1996 est.)

      Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: flooding and earthquakes

      Environment - current issues: Sava River polluted with domestic and industrial waste; pollution of coastal waters with heavy metals and toxic chemicals; forest damage near Koper from air pollution (originating at metallurgical and chemical plants) and resulting acid rain

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

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