Balance of Power: Italy

By Patrick Andres

What is the size of the country's area?

  • The total area of Italy is 116,305 sq miles (301,230 sq km).
  • Italy is slightly close to the size of Arizona.
  • Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia.
  • It consists of the Italian Peninsula, and the two biggest Mediterranean islands Sicily and Sardinia.
  • Italian territory also includes the Islands of Pantelleria.

What is the population of the country?

  • The population of Italy is estimated to be about 61.321 million people.
  • The population remained greater than the population of Spain.
  • The population of Italy is less than the population in France.
  • The population density of Italy is 527.1 people per square mile.

How well educated and united is its population?

  • Education is free and mandatory from ages six to sixteen.
  • The education of Italy consists of the five stages.
  • It has both private and public education systems.
  • There is primary education, secondary education and higher education.

How large and well-equipped are its armed forces?

  • Italy's armed forces are well armed and well-equipped.
  • Italian artillery is much more obsolete.
  • They are poorly trained have poorer reactions.
  • They are far too reliant on horse transport.

What are the country's physical features?

  • There are smaller islands in Italy.
  • It has rocky and sandy beaches on the Ionian Sea.
  • It is watered a lot with rivers and lakes.
  • The terrain is rugged and mountainous, but there are coastal lowlands and plains.
  • Italy is is home to much volcanic activity.

How productive is the country's economy?

  • Italy's economy is in debt and poor, and there are four reasons why:
  • Debt ratio is the second worst in the euro zone.
  • Poor long-term growth usually stems from poor economic fundamentals.
  • Corruption and weak rule of law are poisonous for business.
  • Italy's troubles are also a regional story.