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Welcome to Italy, the boot-shaped country bursting with beautiful landscapes, delicious food and over 3,000 years of history, culture and traditions. Read on to hear some Italian and discover how Italy's ancient and modern worlds blend together.

What do you know about Italy? Learn all about its land, products and culture.


Official name: Italian Republic


Population: 61,016,804 as of July 2011 Size: 116,348 square miles (301, 340 square kilometers); slightly larger than Arizona


Capital: Rome


Official Language: Italian


Literacy: 98.4%


Currency: The Euro


Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%


Climate: Cooler in far north; hot, dry in south


Agriculture Products: fruits, vegetables, grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives, beef and dairy products, fish


Industries: tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics

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