Geography of Slovenia
Slovenia is considered to be a large nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 20,273 km² (approx. 7,827 mi²). Continental shelf of Slovenia is approximately 220 km² (around 85 mi²). Slovenia is located in Europe. Europe is a continent whose borders date back to the period of antiquity. European countries include, but are not limited to, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malta, and The Vatican. Slovenia has 4 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Austria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary. Slovenia is not a landlocked country. It means that is is bordered by at least one major body of water. The average elevation range of Slovenia is 492 m (1,614 ft).
Total length of land borders of Slovenia is 1211 kilometers (~468 miles). Slovenia shares its land borders with 4 different countries, and has the same number of unique land boundaries to neigbouring territories. As in the case of Slovenia, if a country has the same number of unique neighboring territories as number of land borders, than that country has no non-contiguous sections of a land border. This is in contrast to several countries that have multiple non-contiguous sections of land borders. Slovenia has 4 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Austria, Croatia, Italy, and Hungary. The lengths of the land borders of Slovenia with its neighbouring countries are as follows:
- Austria - 330 km (205 mi),
- Croatia - 670 km (416 mi),
- Italy - 232 km (144 mi),
- Hungary - 102 km (63 mi).
The capital city of Slovenia is Ljubljana. The largest city in Slovenia is Ljubljana.
The average elevation range of Slovenia is 492 m (1,614 ft). The highest point of Slovenia is Triglav, with its official height being 2864 m (9,397 ft). The lowest point of Slovenia is Adriatic Sea. The elevation difference between the highest (Triglav) and lowest (Adriatic Sea) points of Slovenia is 2864 m (2 ft).
The total land area of Slovenia is 20,273 km² (approx. 7,827 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 220 km² (~85 mi²). The continental shelf of Slovenia is approximately 220 km² (around 85 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of Slovenia is approximately 20,493 km² (~7,912 mi²). Slovenia is considered to be a large nation because of its total area.
Forest and arable land
12,574 km² of Slovenia's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 62% of all the land in the country. There are 1,719 km² of arable land in Slovenia, and it comprises 8% of the country's total territory.
Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.
The most notable natural resources found in Slovenia are lignite, lead, zinc, building stone, hydropower, forests.