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Italy

Italy
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:C, F, L,
Note:Type L plugs/outlets may have different pin spacing.  The smaller and closer pins are for a rated current of 10 A, the bigger and wider pins are for a rated current of 16 A.  Both kinds are currently used and comply to the relevant Italian (CEI) regulations.  Some outlets have overlapping holes to accept either older or newer types.
TV Systems:
System:PAL B / PAL G
DVD-Region: 2
Geography

Location:
Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia
Area:
total: 301,230 sq km
land: 294,020 sq km
water: 7,210 sq km
Climate:
predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south
Terrain:
mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands
Economy
GDP: $1.698 trillion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 0.1% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $29,200 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 2% (2005 est.)
Currency:
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries
Exchange rates:
euros per US dollar - 0.8041 (2005), 0.8054 (2004), 0.886 (2003), 1.0626 (2002), 1.1175 (2001)
People
Population: 58,133,509 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.04% (2006 est.)
Religions:
approximately 90% Roman Catholic (about one-third regularly attend services); mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community
Languages:
Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)
Government
Capital:
name: Rome
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Independence:
17 March 1861 (Kingdom of Italy proclaimed; Italy was not finally unified until 1870)


Note: Information on Italy was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Italy, please visit one of the links below.


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