Tour of European Countries: Italy

by Braden Curry

Italy

Bienviendo! Welcome to Italy! This existing country of Europe has many wonderful things:


Type of Government: Italy has an Constitutional Republic. Meaning that the officials must govern to the existing Constitution.


Leader/Title: The leader of Italy is considered as the Pope. The Pope is the Catholic leader of the Vatican.


Limited or Unlimited power: The Pope sadly, has limited power, because a new Pope gets elected.


European Union Member: Italy is also a part of the European Union., which is an economical and political program in Europe.


Current gov't problem: Italy's most current problem in the government is the fact, that their have been slurs to an black gov't minister. The slurs have been made to the "bonga bonga" government of Cecile Kyenge, who is the first black government minister of Italy.


Historical political event: Second Italian War of Independence is one event.


Historical Monument: One historical monument is the Roman Colosseum, in which gladiators fought and fought with lions


Person who changed History: Benito Mussolini is one person of Italy who has changed history in World War II


Population: The population of Italy is 60.5 million.


Arable Land: in 2013, Italy had 26.41%.


Agriculture: fruits, vegetables, sugar beets, olives, fish, potatoes, grapes, grains, soybeans, dairy products, and beef.


Human Environment Interaction: Italy is in the Mediterranean Sea.


GDP: $2.013 trillion in 2012.


GDP per capita: $33,072


Currency: euros is the currency of Italy.


Exchange to U.S. dollars: One U.S. dollar is 0.74 euro in Italy.


Major Economic activities: Growing and selling food and beverages, retail sales on clothes and food.


Some of the famous brands of Italy: Ferrari, Gucci, Prada, Giorojo Armani, Martini, and Barilla.


Language: Italian is the official language of Italy.


Religion: Catholic is the religion of Italy.


Famous Landmarks of Italy: Trevi Fountain, Leaning Tower of Pisa (not Pizza), Collesum, Pantheon, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, and David.


Cultural Food: Pasta, calamari, piadia, pucchia, anpasta.



Music/Literature: The music of Italy is Opera.

Climate: The climates in Italy range: In the North, hot summers and cool winters. The South, has mild winters and long hot summers. The mountain areas have long, cold winters, and short cool summers.


Relative Location: Italy is located south of Switzerland and France.


Topography: Italy is mountainous with some seismic activity.












Second Country: Sweden

Government Type: The government of Sweden is an Constitutional Monarchy. Meaning the Head of government is within the guidelines of a Constitution.


Leader and Title: The Leader of Sweden is King Carl XVI Gustaf.


Limited or Unlimited: The King has limited power in Sweden.


European Union Member: Yes, Sweden is a member of the European Union.


Current Gov't problem: Sweden is currently headed to a cashless economy, which only 3% is made of bills and coins. Its a problem for senior citizens, because they don't know how to withdraw cash, or don't even have cash.


Historical Political Event: Monk Ansgar introduced Christianity to Sweden.


A Person who has changed history: Is how Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish scientist claimed that we are on greenhouse effects.


Historical Monument: Borgholm Castle: This castle stood in the 12 century A.D., and is medieval ruined castle


Population: Sweden's population is 9.517 million in 2012.


% of arable land: Sweden has an 5.8% of arable land.


Agriculture in Sweden: meat, barley, sugar beets, wheat, and milk.


Human Interaction Environment: People in Sweden use a lot of cars which goes to air pollution.


GDP: $525.7 is the GDP in Sweden in 2012.


GDP per capita: $55,244.65 dollars in Sweden in 2012.


Currency: Sweden's currency is "krona".


Exchange rate in U.S. dollars: 6.56 is one dollar in Sweden.


Major Economic activities in Sweden: Education, retail sales, finical services, health care, government, construction.


Famous Brands in Sweden: Cheap Monday, Acne Jeans, Hasselblad Camera, Koenigsegg, Filippa K, and WESC.


Language in Sweden: Swedish is the official language in Sweden.


Religion: Christianity is the main religion in Sweden.


Some of the Famous Landmarks in Sweden: Skansen, Vasa Muesum, Gamla Stan, ABBA: The Museum, and the Stockholm Palace.


Some Cultural Foods in Sweden:The food in Sweden has ligonberries, pickled herring, crispbread, and Raksmorgas.


Climate: The climate in Sweden has mild temperatures, but there is an subartic climate, humid continental climate, oceanic climate.


Relative location: Sweden is east of Norway and west of Finland.


Topography: Sweden is mainly flat areas and low lands.











Third Country: Bulgaria

Government type: Constitutional Monarchy


Leader: Rosen Plevneliev

Unlimited or Limited: Limited


European Union Member: Yes


Current gov't event or concern: There has been many protests, in Bulgaria with the 2014 budget issues, and they must be meet.

Historical political event: Ottoman Invasion in which there was a bloody war from many economic difficulties.


One of the Historical Monument in Bulgaria: Asenova Fortress, a medieval fortress in Bulgaria.


Person who has changed Bulgaria's History: Dilma Rousseff the first Brazilian with an Bulgarian origin was elected, and she wants to bring Brazil and Bulgaria together.


Population: 7.305


% of arable land: 27.8 %


Agriculture: Wheat, rye, barley, corn, rice, soybeans, and tobacco.


Human Environmental Interaction: Nature


GDP: $51.03

GDP per capita: $6,986.04

Currency: Lev

Exchange rate to US dollars: $1.44


Major Economic Activities: One of the activities is industry.


Famous Brands: Rose oil, beer, Honey, and Rakia.


Language: Bulgarian


Religion: Christan


Famous landmarks: Ria Monastery, Pamporovo, Seven Rila Lakes, Borovets, Krushuna Falls, and Musala.


Cultural foods: yogurt, Shopska salad, Shkembre Chorba, Sujuk, Lukana, Banitsa, and Mekitsa.


Music in Bulgaria: all kinds


Relative Location: Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Romania, and the Black Sea.


Climate: Beautiful springs, dry and long summers, and mild winters.


Topography: plains and plateaus