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    Slovakia Geography - 2002

      Location Central Europe, south of Poland

      Geographic coordinates 48 40 N, 19 30 E

      Map references Europe

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

      Area - comparative about twice the size of New Hampshire

      Land boundaries
      total: 1,524 km
      border countries: Austria 91 km, Czech Republic 215 km, Hungary 677 km, Poland 444 km, Ukraine 97 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: Gerlachovsky Stit 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%
      other: 66% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 1,740 sq km (1998 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, Desertification, 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; most of the country is rugged and mountainous; the Tatra Mountains in the north are interspersed with many scenic lakes and valleys

      NOTE: The information regarding Slovakia on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Slovakia Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Slovakia Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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