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Slovakia Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Central Europe, south of Poland

    • Map references:
      Ethnic Groups in Eastern Europe, Europe

    • Area:

        total area:
        48,845 sq km

        land area:
        48,800 sq km

        comparative area:
        about twice the size of New Hampshire

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

    • Coastline:
      0 km (landlocked)

    • Maritime claims:
      none; landlocked

    • International disputes:
      Gabcikovo Dam dispute with Hungary; unresolved property issues with Czech Republic over redistribution of former Czechoslovak federal property

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

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

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

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

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

        natural hazards:

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

    • Note:

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