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Location: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
Area: 116,348 square miles (301,340 square kilometers). Slightly larger than Arizona.
Population: 61,482,297 (July 2013 est.)
Capital: Rome
Geography: Strategic location dominating central Mediterranean as well as southern sea and air approaches to Western Europe.
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south.
Government: Republic
Head of State: President Giorgio Napolitano (since 15 May 2006)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (since 8 May 2008)
Language: 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).
Religion: Roman Catholic 90% (approximately; about one-third practicing), other 10% (includes mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community).
Time Zone: 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.
Electricity: Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). For comparison, in the United States it is 110 volts, 60 cycle AC current. Italy uses a two or three round-pin plug. There can be a combination of socket types within the same room or property. Generally low voltage appliances use two pin plugs with higher voltage appliances (televisions, washing machines, kettles) using the three pin plug which has an earthed (or grounding) third pin.
Emergency numbers: 112 – Carabinieri (Police)
115 – Fire Department
116 – A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Club) road assistance.
118 – Medical Emergencies
Smoking: Smoking in Italy has been banned in public places including bars, restaurants, discotheques and offices since 2005.
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