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LOCATED IN CENTRAL Europe, formerly the eastern part of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia has a land area of 18,932 sq. mi. (49,035 sq. km.), with a population of 5,390,000 (2006 est.) and a population density of 287 people per sq. mi. (Ill people per sq. km.). A strongly agricultural country, some 31 percent of Slovakia's land is used for arable purposes, with an additional 17 percent used for meadows and pasture.

In terms of its per capita carbon dioxide emissions, Slovakia ranks 56th in the world, with 8.1 metric tons of emissions per person in 1992, falling to 7 metric tons in 2003. Slovakia sources 35.3 percent of its electricity production from fossil fuels, with 47.6 percent nuclear power and 17.1 percent from hydro power. Because of ...

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