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  • Italian Republic
    Repubblica Italiana

    Political Status: Unified state proclaimed in 1861; republic established by national referendum in 1946; under parliamentary constitution effective January 1, 1948.

    Area: 116,303 sq. mi. (301,225 sq. km).

    Population: 60,570,000 (2018E—World Bank); 62,246,674 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Centers (2016E—UN): ROME (3,738,000), Milan (3,104,000), Naples (2,198,000), Turin (1,769,000), Palermo (692,000), Genoa (596,000).

    Official Language: Italian (German is also official in Trentino-Alto Adige).

    Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate October 19, 2018: 0.87 euro = $1US).

    President of the Republic: Sergio MATTARELLA (ind.); elected by the electoral college on January 29–31, 2015; and inaugurated on February 3 for a seven-year term, succeeding Pietro GRASSO (Democratic Party), who was appointed acting president after Giorgio NAPOLITANO (Democrats of the Left) resigned due to ill health on January 14.

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