|Governor||Jörg Haider (FPÖ)|
| Ranked 5th|
- Total (2001)
| Ranked 6th|
The state of Kärnten on the map of Austria
It covers an area of 9,536 km² with 559,404 inhabitants (2001).
It consist mostly of a basin inside the Alps, with the Carnian Mountains making up the border to Italy and Slovenia. The Tauern mountains divide it from Salzburg. To the East lies the state of Styria and it makes up a continuous valley with the eastern part of the Tirol to the West. Its lakes are a major tourist attraction. The main river is the Drau.
The once-independent Duchy of Carinthia was historically part of the Holy Roman Empire until it was dissolved in 1806, then a crownland of Austria-Hungary. The Carinthian Plebiscite on October 10, 1920, determined the lines of division between what is today Austria and Slovenia.
Carinthia has a continental climate, with hot and moderately wet summers and long harsh winters. In recent decades winters have been exceptionally arid. Average sun index is the highest in Austria. In autumn and winter temperature inversion often dominates the climate, characterised by air stillness, a dense fog covering the frosty valleys and trapping pollution to form a smog, while mild sunny weather obtains higher up in the foothills and mountains.
Major tourist attractions are Klagenfurt, the lakes Wörthersee (Slovenian Vrbsko jezero), Ossiachersee, Faaker See (Slov: Bako jezero), ski resorts Nassfeld / Hermagor (Slov: Šmohor), Bad Kleinkirchheim, Heiligenblut, Gurk cathedral, Hochosterwitz castle, the Grossglockner (Slov: Veliki Kleč) mountain and the Nockberge for alpine sport.
- Official website of the Carinthian government (in German)
- Carinthia Travel Guide
- Kaernten.at, Tourism information, 360º Panoramas, Webcams and much more (in English, German, Italian, Dutch and other languages)
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