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.