13 Facts About Carinthia


Carinthia is the southernmost Austrian state, in the Eastern Alps, and is noted for its mountains and lakes.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,686

The toponym Carinthia is claimed to be etymologically related, deriving from pre-Slavic *carantia.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,687

Carinthia is known as Koruska in Croatian, Korutany in Czech, Karnten in German, Karintia in Hungarian, Carinzia in Italian, Carintia in Spanish, Karyntia in Polish, Korutansko in Slovak, and Koroska in Slovene.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,688

The main river of Carinthia is the Drava, it makes up a continuous valley with East Tyrol, Tyrol to the west.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,689

Carinthia's lakes including Worther See, Millstatter See, Lake Ossiach, and Lake Faak are a major tourist attraction.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,690

Carinthia has a humid continental climate, with hot and moderately wet summers and long harsh winters.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,691

Carinthia therefore was the first newly created duchy of the Holy Roman Empire and for a short while comprised lands stretching from the Adriatic Sea almost to the Danube.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,692

On 5 November 1918, the first armed militia units led by the Slovene volunteer Franjo Malgaj invaded Carinthia and were then joined by Slovene troops under Rudolf Maister.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,693

Yet, after the plebiscite, the SHS-State again made attempts to occupy the area, but owing to demarches by the United Kingdom, France, and Italy it removed its troops from Austria so that, by 22 November 1920, the State Diet of Carinthia was at last able to exercise its sovereignty over the entire state.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,694

Originally an agrarian country, Carinthia made efforts to establish a touristic infrastructure such as the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and Klagenfurt Airport as well as the opening up of the Alps through the Austrian Alpine Club in the 1920s.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,695

Toward the end of the war, Gauleiter Rainer tried to implement a Nazi plan for Carinthia to become part of the projected Nazi national redoubt, the Alpenfestung; these efforts failed and the forces under Rainer's control surrendered to the forces of the British Army.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,696

Largest part of Carinthia's population settles in the Klagenfurt Basin between Villach and Klagenfurt.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,697

In winter Carinthia offers ski resorts such as the Nassfeld near Hermagor, Gerlitzen mountain, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Flattach, and Heiligenblut at Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner as well as the Hohe Tauern and Nock Mountains national parks for all kind of alpine sports and mountaineering.

FactSnippet No. 1,376,698