Who is Sava Šumanović?

By Gwylym Owen

The Sava (;Slovene pronunciation: [ˈsàːʋa],Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [sǎːʋa];Serbian Cyrillic: Сава, Hungarian: Száva) is a river in Central and Southeast Europe, a right tributary of the Danube. It flows through Slovenia, Croatia and along its be adjacent to with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and finally through Serbia, feeding into the Danube in its capital, Belgrade. The Sava forms the main northern limit of the Balkan Peninsula, and the southern edge of the Pannonian Plain.

The Sava is 990 kilometres (615 miles) long, including the 45-kilometre (28 mi) Sava Dolinka headwater rising in Zelenci, Slovenia. It is the greatest tributary of the Danube by volume of water, and second-largest after the Tisza in terms of catchment area (97,713 square kilometres (37,727 square miles)) and length. It drains a significant ration of the Dinaric Alps region, through the major tributaries of Drina, Bosna, Kupa, Una, Vrbas, Lonja, Kolubara, Bosut and Krka. The Sava is one of the longest rivers in Europe and in the middle of the longest tributaries of option river.

The population in the Sava River basin is estimated at 8,176,000, and is shared by three capital cities: Ljubljana, Zagreb and Belgrade. The Sava is about23-navigable for larger vessels: from the confluence of the Kupa in Sisak a few kilometers under Zagreb.

The publicize is believed to be derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *sewh1 (‘to accept liquid’, whence the English word sup) and the ending *eh2, so that it literally means ‘that which waters [the ground]’. The ancient Greeks called it Saos (Ancient Greek: Σάος).

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