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Italy Facts & Figures

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Total area: 116,305 sq mi (301,230 sq km)
Population: 58,126,212
Capital and largest city: Rome, 3,550,900 (metro. area)
Other large cities: Milan, 1,180,700; Naples, 991,700; Turin, 856,000; Palermo, 651,500; Genoa, 602,500; Bologna, 369,300; Florence, 351,600; Bari, 311,900; Catania, 305,900; Venice, 265,700
Currency: Euro
Languages: Italian (official); German-, French-, and Slovene-speaking minorities
Religions: Roman Catholic approx. 90%, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic
Time zone: GMT+1; Daylight Saving Time: GMT+2, observed from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October
Electricity: AC 230 V, plugs: 2 round pins (Europlug)

Italy is a country located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern, Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula, and Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland.

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