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69,660,559 (July 2005 est.)
Italian (official), German , French , Slovene
17 March 1861 (Kingdom of Italy proclaimed; Italy unified in1870)
Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia
total: 301,230 sq km land: 294,020 sq km water: 7,210 sq km
   Land boundaries   
total: 1,932.2 km border countries: Austria 430 km, France 488 km, Holy See (Vatican City) 3.2 km, San Marino 39 km, Slovenia 232 km, Switzerland 740 km
predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

   Natural resources   
coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorospar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land
   Geography - note   
strategic location dominating central Mediterranean as well as southern sea and air approaches to Western Europe
   Government type   
   Currency - Currency code   
Euro (EUR)

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18.5 million (2003)

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