Pantheon Dome, Rome
Who offends writes on sand; who is offended, on marble.
- Italian Proverb
is a peninsula in Southern Europe, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.
It's total land area is 301,230 sq km, with 7, 600 km of coastline. The
terrain is mostly mountainous, with some plains and coastal lowlands.
The lowest point is sea level at the Mediteerranean Sea while the
highest point is Mont Blanc at 4,807 m.
type is republic with capital at Rome, where President Carlo Azeglio
Ciampi has served as president since May 1999 and Prime Minister
Silvio Berluscono lead the country's 20 administrative regions.
is 57.8 million with a 0% rate of natural increase.
is officially Italian with 55 million mother-tongue speakers.
Notable minority groups also speak German, French and Slovene. In all,
33 languages are spoken
is divided into a developed industrial north and a less developed
agricultural south with more than 20% unemployment. GDP per capita is US$22,100
with 62% of workers in the service industry, 31% in industry and
6% in agriculture.
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