Where is Italy?

Located in Southern Europe, Italy has a 1,836.00 km border with Austria (404 km), France (476 km), Holy See (Vatican City) (3.4 km), San Marino (37 km), Slovenia (218 km) and Switzerland (698 km).Italy's long coastline and developed economy entices tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from southeastern Europe and northern Africa.

Italy is a European country covering 301,340.00 km2 of which 2.39% is water and 294,140.00 km2 is land. The area includes the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. This makes it the 73rd largest country in the world and almost twice the size of Georgia slightly larger than Arizona. Its geographic coordinates are 42 50 N, 12 50 E and Rome is the capital city.

The origins of the name "Italy" are unclear, although "Italia" may come from the Oscan "Viteliu", meaning "Land of Young Cattle".

Its ISO code is IT.

Geography

Italy has a mean elevation of 538 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Mediterranean Sea. Its highest elevation is Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) de Courmayeur (a secondary peak of Mont Blanc) which is 4,748m above tall.

It has a Mediterranean climate, although it is also alpine in the far north and dry in the south. Its terrain is mostly rugged and mountainous with some plains and coastal lowlands.

Population

Italy has a population of 62,007,540 making it the 23rd largest in the world. The population of the country is rather evenly distributed.

Italian is the official language; German, French and Slovene spoken in certain areas. The major ethnicity is Italian. The majority of the population is Christian.

The dialing code for the country is 39.

Government

Italy is an independent country. The Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed in 1861. Its constitution was last ratified in 1947.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Italy's GDP is $2,220,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $36,300.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 12th largest economy and its citizens the 49th richest in the world. The currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR).

Its major export partners are Germany, France, and the United States. Its main exports are engineering products, textiles and clothing, and production machinery. Its major import partners are Germany, France, and China. Its major imports include engineering products, chemicals, and transport equipment.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017