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Introduction:

Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor Emmanuel II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito Mussolini established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed.

Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC) and its subsequent successors the EC and the EU. It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

 

Italy Flag
Flag

Italy Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
62,246,674 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
Europe
Area:
total= 301,340 sq km

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Rome

Internet Code:
.it

Airports:
129 (2013)

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Italy Locater
Locater

Italy Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
ITALY
Mission/Frame: ISS005-E-11068
Spacecraft Altitude: 211 nautical miles (391 km)
Features:
ROME, TIBER RIVER

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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