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Italy

Ethnic Groups

  • Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)

Religion

  • Christian 80% (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Protestants)
  • Muslim (about 800,000 to 1 million)
  • Atheist and Agnostic 20%

Economic Overview

  • GDP: $2.068 trillion (2013 est.)
  • Agriculture Products: fruits, vegetables, grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives; beef, dairy products; fish
  • Industries: tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics
  • Total Labor Force:25.74 million (2013 est.)
    • Agriculture: 3.9%
    • Industry: 28.3%
    • Services: 67.8%
  • Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (2013 est.)

Location

Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia

Population

61,680,122

Government Type

Republic

Climate

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