Italy Facts

Italy Facts

Capital
Rome

Population
57,715,625 (July 2002 est.)

Area
301,230 sq km
includes Sardinia and Sicily – slightly larger than Arizona

Type of Government
Republic

Money
Euro (EUR); Italian lira (ITL)

Climate
predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Primary Language
Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d’Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)