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Italy
EU Member since 1952 (founding member)
Other Memberships G7, G8, Eurozone, Bologna Process, OECD, NATO
Currency € (EURO)
Capital Rome
Area 301,340 sq km
Population 61,482,297 (July 2013 est.)
Language Italian
Religion Christian 80% (overwhelming Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehova Witnesses and Protestants), Muslims (about 700,000 but growing), Atheists and Agnostics 20%
GDP $36,130 (2011)
GNI $ 32,420 (2011)
SGI 5.7 out of 10 (2011)
CPI 42 out of 100 (2012)
Architecture Renaissance, Palladian, Neoclassical, Italianate
Literature Dante Alighieri, Giosuè Carducci, Giacomo Leopardi, Ugo Foscolo
Music Trecenoto, Baroque, Opera, Bel-canto, Verismo, Sanremo, Italo disco; Vivaldi, Verdi, Puccini, Luciano Berio, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Toto Cutugno, Ennio Morricone, DJ Ross
Painting Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian, Donatello, Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Raphael
Philosophy Giordano Bruno, Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, Antonio Gramsci
Cuisine Espresso, Risotto, Pastas, Pizza, Polenta, Minestrone, Caponata, Tiramisu, Bruschetta, Salumi. Delicacies: Fontina cheese, Nutella, Parmigiano-Reggiano chese, Prosciutto di Parma
Drinks Chianti, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, Marsala and other wines; Campari, Conzano, Prosecco, Vermouth, Martini
Consumption 10.68 equivalent litres of pure ethyl alcohol per capita per year (WHO, 2005)
Sports Soccer (Squadra Azzurra), Motorsports (Scuderia Ferrari), Skiing
europoint On Italy
24 May 2014

RomeSaint Peter’s Square in Rome source: © EU 2013

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