Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
ITALY NEWS

Italy’s southern regions entice visitors and multinationals


Capri, Campania

Eager to embrace the world, the regions of Campania and Apulia have focused their efforts on rapidly developing tourism and the private sector to exploit... Apr 25, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Europe | Italy


Italian Style

Italianità: a unique interpretation of high-quality, style and innovation


Left: A living room by Poliform Varenna. Right: A chandelier by Venini

As the undisputed global leader of design, Italy’s creative cultural tradition has evolved into a new all-encompassing concept of style, called italianità Mar 22, 2017

Industry & Trade | Europe | Italy


10 stops to make #inLombardia

The ultimate Italian getaway


The UNESCO-protected and spiritual Sacro Monte di Varese is one of the highlights of any visit to the Lombardy region

Italy’s northern Lombardy region has culture, charisma and culinary delights at every turn.  Nov 04, 2016

Tourism & Culture | Europe | Italy


The Good Life

Italy the ‘Wellness Nation’: a global reference point for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle




Italy is one of a handful of places on the planet where living the good life is not just a pleasant reverie or wistful state of mind. All you have to do... Oct 28, 2016

Others | Europe | Italy


Lombardy Region

Beautiful Lombardy amongst “Four Motors” driving EU economy


Lake Garda, Lombardy

With a €300 billion GDP, tight integration of the public and private sector and more than double the national average of investment in R&D, Lombardy... Oct 19, 2016

Industry & Trade | Europe | Italy


Economic and banking reforms spur Italy’s competitiveness




The 2016 Stability Law introduced tax cuts for households and companies that, along with the privatization plan, gave a much-needed boost to the economy.... Oct 13, 2016

Finance | Europe | Italy


Major investment in infrastructure unlocks strategic connectivity




Home to the largest and most advanced railway company in Europe, and with sea and land borders which connect the MENA, Mediterranean and northern European... Oct 06, 2016

Infrastructure | Transport | Europe | Italy


Italy's 21st Century Reformation

Back in the driving seat




With renewed confidence, Italy is seeing the knock-on effect of an ambitious reform agenda. The country is taking the lead to shape a new European vision... Sep 23, 2016

Government | Europe | Italy


Campania Region

Why MICE in the Campania Region?



From the historic city of Naples to the spectacular coastlines of Amalfi and Sorrento, as well as the stunning islands of Procida, Ischia and the legendary... Aug 04, 2016

Tourism & Culture | Europe | Italy


Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP)

CDP catalyzes Italy’s long-term growth through investment and addressing market failures


Claudio Costamagna, Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP)

Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the national promotional bank with a €400 billion budget, is on a mission to jump-start the Italian... Jun 07, 2016

Finance | Government | Europe | Italy


Ministry of Defense

Italy, the crucial player in NATO’s new strategic frontier


Roberta Pinotti, Italian Minister of Defense

Italy's Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti explains Italy’s potential in peace and security matters should the country become the next non-permanent... May 13, 2016

Government | Defence | Europe | Italy


Ministry of Justice

Italy’s judicial reform streamlines dispute resolution and raises investor confidence


Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice

Reduced numbers of trials clogging up courtrooms, the introduction of computerization into civil trial procedures, and the creation of specialized Business... Apr 27, 2016

Government | Europe | Italy


Italy favors holistic approach to building African partnerships

Mario Giro
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

An influence on international affairs, Italy plays a significant role in many of the world’s... Sep 23, 2016


Safilo represents the values Made in Italy stands for

Luisa Delgado
CEO of Safilo

With a long-standing history of quality, design and innovation, Safilo has the ability to... Sep 05, 2016


What do investors see in the ‘Lombardy model’?

Roberto Maroni
Governor of Lombardy Region

Lombardy is the number one region within Europe’s “Four Motors” in attracting... Aug 11, 2016


Italian innovation creates long-term vision

Lapo Elkann
Founder of Italia Independent

Creativity and innovation, hallmarks of the Italian spirit for design and craftsmanship,... Aug 08, 2016


Campania encapsulates Italy’s past & future

Vincenzo De Luca
Governor of the Campania Region

Italy’s Campania Region’s high concentration of art and architecture in such... Aug 04, 2016


Reference for banking consolidation bucks trends, targets further growth

Giuseppe Castagna
CEO of BPM

BPM’s pioneering consolidation and moves such as its innovative merger with Webank,... Aug 02, 2016


Record results mark global rise of hearing loss solutions innovator

Enrico Vita
CEO of Amplifon

Amplifon is the world leader in providing solutions for those affected by hearing loss,... Aug 02, 2016


Smart grids, renewable sources & continental interconnectivity vital for balanced power

Matteo Del Fante
CEO of Terna

One of Europe’s leading electricity transmission grid operators, Terna is crucial... Jul 21, 2016


Ferrovie dello Stato launches “iron therapy” with €6.5bn investment

Renato Mazzoncini
CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato

Being the country’s n°1 company in terms of investment, the development plan of... Jul 20, 2016


Versatile, tailored style conquers US market with sales up 78%

Giovanni Anzani
CEO of Poliform

Giovanni Anzani, CEO of high-end Italian furniture and kitchen designer and manufacturer... Jul 18, 2016


Hearty global appetite for Eataly phenomenon

Oscar Farinetti
Founder of Eataly

An international ambassador of the high quality-focused ‘Made in Italy’ brand,... Jul 17, 2016


Wellness advocate brings design, tech, health and style to la dolce vita

Nerio Alessandri
Founder and President of Technogym

Wellness company and high-end gym machine manufacturer Technogym brings sleek Italian design... Jul 12, 2016


New generation shows passion for Passimento

Riccardo Pasqua
CEO of Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine

Verona-based vintner Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine is becoming a globally recognized name in... Jul 07, 2016


Italy as a potential non-permanent member of the US Security Council: a reliable player in complex geopolitical realities

Deborah Bergamini
Spokesperson for Forza Italia and Member of Italy’s Delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Italy is being left alone as the guardian of Europe’s borders, affirms Spokesperson... Jun 28, 2016


Innovation, partnerships, and sustainability drive Pessina Costruzioni & Acque d’Italia on the global scene

Guido Stefanelli
CEO of Pessina Costruzioni

CEO Guido Stefanelli shares with us the group’s strategy of diversification and ambitious... Jun 25, 2016


500% total shareholder return (TSR) demonstrates Snam’s prowess in the international energy playing field

Marco Alverà
CEO of Snam

With €1 billion yearly investment, Snam–Italy’s gas infrastructure company–pioneers... Jun 22, 2016


One of the most distinctive ‘Made in Italy’ foods bolsters local economies

Nicola Cesare Baldrighi
President of the Grana Padano Protection Consortium

Nicola Cesare Baldrighi, President of the Grana Padano Protection Consortium, says that... Jun 09, 2016


Multi-utility hits EU targets 5-15 years early

Stefano Venier
CEO of Hera Group

Italy’s Hera Group leading position in environmental, water and energy services has... Jun 08, 2016


Innovation and acumen to drive Fedrigoni Group’s growth to over €1.2 billion by 2018

Claudio Alfonsi
CEO of Fedrigoni Group

Claudio Alfonsi, CEO of Fedrigoni Group, affirms that from the purchase of the historic... Jun 06, 2016


Energy efficient Italy at the forefront of sustainability and renewables

Francesco Sperandini
Chairman & CEO of Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE)

With 1% of its GDP dedicated to the development of renewable energy sources, Italy has achieved... Jun 05, 2016


Digital impact shapes bankers of the future

Ennio Doris
Founder & Chairman of Banca Mediolanum

One of Italy’s leading banks, Banca Mediolanum keeps growing and gaining capital on... Jun 01, 2016



LOCATION:

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



MAP REFERENCES:

Europe



AREA:

total: 301,340 sq km



COASTLINE:

7,600 km



CLIMATE:

predominantly Mediterranean; alpine in far north; hot, dry in south



TERRAIN:

mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands



NATURAL RESOURCES:

coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorspar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land



ETHNIC GROUPS:

Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)



LANGUAGES:

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)



RELIGIONS:

Christian 80% (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehovah's Witnesses and Protestants), Muslim (about 800,000 to 1 million), Atheist and Agnostic 20%



POPULATION:

61,855,120 (July 2015 est.)



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

republic



CAPITAL:

name: Rome



INDEPENDENCE:

17 March 1861 (Kingdom of Italy proclaimed; Italy was not finally unified until 1870)



NATIONAL HOLIDAY:

Republic Day, 2 June (1946)



CONSTITUTION:

previous 1848 (originally for Kingdom of Sardinia and adopted by Kingdom of Italy in 1861); latest enacted 22 December 1947, adopted 27 December 1947, entered into force 1 January 1948; amended many times, last in 2012; note - a proposed amendment that would significantly alter the parliament is slated for a referendum in 2016 (2015)



LEGAL SYSTEM:

civil law system; judicial review of legislation under certain conditions in Constitutional Court



GDP - real growth rate:

0.8% (2015 est.)

-0.4% (2014 est.)

-1.7% (2013 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 2.2%

industry: 23.6%

services: 74.2% (2015 est.)



AGRICULTURE - products:

fruits, vegetables, grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives; beef, dairy products; fish



INDUSTRIES:

tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics



EXPORTS:

$454.6 billion (2015 est.)

$513.7 billion (2014 est.)



EXPORTS - commodities:

engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco; minerals, nonferrous metals



EXPORTS - partners:

Germany 12.8%, France 10.7%, US 7.2%, UK 5.3%, Switzerland 4.7%, Spain 4.6% (2014)



IMPORTS:

$389.2 billion (2015 est.)

$448.4 billion (2014 est.)



IMPORTS - commodities:

engineering products, chemicals, transport equipment, energy products, minerals and nonferrous metals, textiles and clothing; food, beverages, tobacco



IMPORTS - partners:

Germany 16.1%, France 9%, China 7.3%, Netherlands 5.8%, Spain 5%, Belgium 4.5% (2014)



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