God's blessing on all nations, Who long and work for that bright day, When o'er earth's habitations No war, no strife shall hold its sway; Who long to see That all men free, No more shall foes, but neighbours be!
The Alps – including the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke chain, as well as the Pohorje massif – dominate Northern Slovenia along its long border to Austria.
Slovenia's Adriatic coastline stretches approximately 43 km from Italy to Croatia.
Its part south of Sava river belongs to Balkan peninsula – Balkans.
The term "karst" originates in southwestern Slovenia's Karst Plateau (Slovene: Kras), a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves.
On the Pannonian plain to the Northeast, toward the Hungarian, the landscape is essentially flat.
However, the majority of Slovenian terrain is hilly or mountainous, with around 90% of the surface 200 meters or more above sea level. This makes Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe, right after Finland and Sweden.
In the Northeast the continental climate type with greatest difference between winter and summer temperatures prevails.
In the coastal region there is sub-Mediterranean climate.
The effect of the sea on the temperature rates is visible also up the Soča valley, while a severe Alpine climate is present in the high mountain regions.
There is a strong interaction between these three climatic systems across most of the country.
Precipitation varies across the country as well, with over 3500 mm in some Western regions and dropping down to 800 mm in Prekmurje.