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Last Updated: May 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Italy Fast Facts

Fast Facts
Region: Europe
Area Total: 301,230km2
Area Land: 294,020km2
Coast Line: 7,600km




Predominantly Mediterranean;Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south.


Italian (official); German, French,Slovene and several other languages also spoken in Italy

Currency: 1 Euro = 100 cents


Anniversary of the Republic is 2 June (1946),Liberation Day (WWII) is 25 April


Italy's Flag


Year of Italian Culture in America 2013


Images of Italy


Italy Overview via CountryWatch Database

Located in Southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of the North African country of Tunisia. The countries surrounding Italy in Europe include  Switzerland, Slovenia,  Austria, and France.  The countries San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City)  are surrounded by Italy.

Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when Victor Emmanuel II, the king of Sardinia, united the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily.   By 1871, the  Italian nation state included the entire peninsula with Rome as the capital.

Today, Italy must deal with persistent problems such as illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.

SEE entire country review (PDF)


Map of Italy & surrounding countries


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