Italy's Big 5

Geography

Geography is a very big part of Italy. It is ranked 70th in the world for the total area. It's land area is 113,492 square miles and it's water area is 2,783 square miles making the total area 116,275 square miles. The bordering countries include Austria, France, Slovenia, Vatican City, San Marinoand Switzerland. There are multiple types of habitats in Italy. Italy consists of 55.9% cropland, 23.7% forest, 17.5% shrub land, 2.2% wetlands and waterbodies, 0.4% urban, and 0.3% sparse and barren. The lowest point is the Mediterranean Sea (0 meters) and the highest point is Mont Blanc de Courmayeur (4,748 meters).

{A Map of Italy}

Society

The population of Italy is 57.3 million people. 14% of those people are 0-14 years old, 67% are 15-64 years old, and 19% are 65+ years old. Some major sports include soccer, cycling, car racing, and basketball. Italy's national soccer team has won the World Cup four times! Italy takes a very major role in the fashion industry. Italians take pride in what they wear. It is occasional to see someone casually dressed, but everyone is mainly always dressed up!

{Italy's Soccer Team Winning the 2006 World Cup}

Technology

A famous time period in Italy was the Renaissance. Many famous people took part in this moment in history, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Leonardo da Vinci was a famous painter, inventor, and sculptor. His more famous paintings are the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He also invented the parachute and the 33-barreled organ. The 33-barreled organ later developed into a much more efficient type of machine gun. Italy also has beautiful architecture and sculptures!

{The Colosseum}

Government

Italy has a republic government, sometimes called the Italian Republic. Italy gained independence on March 17, 1861. The national holiday is Republic Day, and it is on June 2nd. The 3 main people of the government is the president, the prime minister, and the council of minister. Presidents are chosen to serve for 7 years by an electoral college of representatives from each of the 20 different regions.

{Italy's Flag}

Economy

Italy's money system is Euros. Sadly, Italy is in dept by about 2.6 trillion dollars! 30% of people in Italy are below the poverty line. Italy is split into agriculture in the south and industry in the north. The agriculture grow grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, corn, rice, beef, fish, and olives. Wine and cheese are famous foods in Italy. The industry has machinery, iron and steel, car, clothing, tourism, chemicals, textiles, and more!

{An Italian Euro}

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