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Geography of Slovenia

Extreme geographical points of Slovenia: North: 46°53'N 16°14'E, municipality Salovci,
South: 45°25'N 15°10'E, municipality Črnomelj,
East: 46°28'N 16°36'E, municipality Lendava (Alsólendva),
West: 46°17'N 13°23'E, municipality Kobarid.

Maximum distance North - South is 1°28' or 163 km (101 miles).

Maximum distance East - West is 3°13' or 248 km (154 miles).

Geographical division of Slovenia: Four major European geographic regions meet in Slovenia: the Alps (42.1% of territory), the Dinaric area (28.1% of territory), the Pannonian plain (21.2% of territory) and the Mediterranean. (8.6% of territory)

Length of borders: 1,370 km in total; with Austria, 318 km; with Italy, 280 km; with Hungary, 102 km; with Croatia, 670 km

Length of coastline: 46.6 km

Length of rivers and streams: 26,000 km

Number of fresh water springs: some 7,500 (including several hundred of first class therapeutic mineral springs)

Highest peak: Mt. Triglav: 2,864 metres

The highest mountain pass: Vrsič (Julian Alps): 1611 m

Largest protected natural area: Triglav National Park, 83,807 ha

Largest karst cave: Postojna Cave: 19.55 km

The deepest underground cave: Skocjan caves - 250 m

Largest lake: Cerknica Lake (intermittent): 26 km2

The deepest natural lake: Bohinj Lake: 44,5 m

Longest river: Sava - 221 km

Biodiversity: more than 50.000 animal species, more than 3.000 plant species

Environmental protection: almost 8% of Slovene territory is under protection. The largest protected area is Triglav National Park (848 km2), Skocjan caves have been on the UNESCO list of the world heritage since 1986 and salt-pans in Sečovlje (Portoroz) have been on Ramsar's List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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