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Slovenia


    • Location:
      Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Croatia and Italy

    • Map references:
      Ethnic Groups in Eastern Europe, Europe

    • Area:

        total area:
        20,296 sq km

        land area:
        20,296 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than New Jersey

    • Land boundaries:
      total 1,045 km, Austria 262 km, Croatia 501 km, Italy 199 km, Hungary 83 km

    • Coastline:
      32 km

    • Maritime claims:
      NA

    • International disputes:
      dispute with Croatia over fishing rights in the Adriatic and over some border areas; the border issue is currently under negotiation

    • 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, mixed mountain and valleys with numerous rivers to the east

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

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        10%

        permanent crops:
        2%

        meadows and pastures:
        20%

        forest and woodland:
        45%

        other:
        23%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • 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

        natural hazards:
        flooding and earthquakes

        international agreements:
        party to - Air Pollution, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified - Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Biodiversity, Climate Change






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