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Italian Republic



Location: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia

Area: 301,230 sq km

Climate: predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands

Population: 56,735,130 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Roman Catholic 98%, other 2%

Languages: Italian, 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)

Capital: Rome



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