Italy Facts – Demographics and Territory

Italy’s national statistics office often has some interesting reports on Italy buried within its web site.  One such report is ‘Italy in Figures 2009′.  This report contains lots of information and facts about Italy. Here is some information on Italy relating to basic demographics and territory.

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This information on Italy might interest a few people, and putting it here might save such people having to unearth this report on the ISTAT site, and plough through it.

But seeing as I am a helpful kind of blogger, I’ll provide a link to the ISTAT Italy in Figures 2009 document a little later on.  I’ve also put the metric figures into imperial numbers, which might help those interested understand it more quickly.

Here goes.  But before you start looking at the figures, two questions:  What’s a mountain? And, What’s a hill?  If you don’t know, you soon will.

Italy Facts

Italy Facts – Demographics and Territory
Data from ISTAT 2009 Italy in Figures report Metric Imperial
Total Territory 301,336 km2 116,346 mile2
Total areas of woodland and forest
68,571 km2 26,475 mile2
Total length of coastline 7,375 km 4,583 miles
High seismic risk areas 28,026 km2 10,821 mile2
Protected areas (national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty) 57,325 km2 22,133 mile2
Highest mountain in Italy – Monte Bianco / Mont Blanc 4,810 m 15,781 feet
Longest river in Italy – the Po 652 km 405 miles
Rail network 16,356 km 10,163 miles
Road network 175,442 km 109,015 miles
Number of regions in Italy 20
Number of provinces in Italy 107
Number of municipalities in Italy 8,100
Total resident population 59,619,290
Number of foreign residents in Italy (actual number higher) 3,432,651
Number of households 24,282,485
Average number of members in each household 2.4
Population density 198 per km2 76.4 mile2

What is a Mountain in Italy?

Officially in Italy, to be classified as a ‘mountain’, a geographical mass must be over 600 metres (1,968.5 feet) in height – but read on. There are, funnily enough, two types of hills in Italy.  In northern Italy, a hill is a mass under 600 metres, whereas in the central and southern areas, a hill is a mass which is under 700 metres in height.  Just why this should be the case, I don’t know, but I’m sure someone out there will.

Anyway, at least you now know the difference between hills and mountains in Italy.  I have to admit, I was not sure before I wrote this.

Here’s the link to the ISTAT Italy in Figures 2009 report I promised you earlier: Italy in Figures 2009

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