THE ITALIAN LIFE

By: Keagan Gallo

Country Basics

Country Name: Italy

Capital: Rome

Flag and Meaning: The colors are of Milan (red and white) and the Milanese Civil Guard (green)

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Italy is in the continent of Europe. The countries that surround it are France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Some major land forms are the peninsulas, Dolomite Mountains and the Po Valley. The major tourist attractions are the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pompeii and the Coliseum. the major body of acqua (water) is Lake Como. Some human environment interactions are that Italians eat lots of fish

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Government

Italy has a republic government with the leader of Sergio Mattarella. The citizens of Italy vote by using a system based on a 'Party List' system, where each party's candidates are ranked in order of priority. Also the Italian citizens are hosting a campaign for a universal moratorium on the death penalty, the campaign for a universal moratorium on the death penalty are also fighting against racism.

Ecomny

Italy is the 8th richest country in Europe with $1,980.45 billion so that means that it is a fairly rich country. Italy uses a kind of money called Euro. their main imports are engineering products, textiles, clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals, food and beverages. their life expectancy rate is; total population: 82.12 years male: 79.48 years female: 84.92 years (2015 est.) The birth rate is 8.74 births/1,000 population (2015 est.) The literacy rate is total population: 99.2% male: 99.4% female: 99% (2015 est.) The drinking water source is; improved: urban: 100% of population rural: 100% of population total: 100% of population unimproved: urban: 0% of population rural: 0% of population total: 0% of population (2015 est.)

Culture

Italians dress sort of like us except they wear crazy colored pants and blue jeans. The main languages are; 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.) Their holidays are Epiphany is celebrated on the sixth of January and it originally symbolized the birth of Jesus. It is still celebrated as that in the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, when the Catholic Church decided to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December instead, the meaning of the holiday changed, at least for Catholics, Liberation day which is celebrated on the twety-fifth of April, it commemorates the liberation of Italy by Allied troops in the Second World War. After Italy surrendered, Nazi Germany considered it as a new enemy, and intensified the anti partisans operations against the Italian freedom fighters. The holiday is meant to honor all those who died during the war, from soldiers, to civilian victims of Allied bombings and atrocities committed during Nazi Germany's bitter retreat from its former ally's territory, May Day is the first of May and is celebrated in most of the world as Labor Day. In Italy, it is not just a workers' holiday, but a day for left political parties to hit the streets and protest their cause. The atmosphere is usually festive, like one, friendly street fair, FESTIVAL OF THE REPUBLIC is the second of June marks the day in 1946 when Italy voted in a referendum to abolish the monarchy and become a republic. the religions are 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%. Their most popular food is pizza.

Climate

Most of Italy has a Mediterranean type of climate, which has cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Winter temperatures along and near the coasts of southern Italy seldom drop to freezing in winter, and summer temperatures often reach 90° F (32° C) or higher. the average rainfall is 200 mm 250 mm. The average temperature is0°C 5°C 10°C 15°C 20°C 25°C. The effects that the climate has on Italy is the snow-covered Alps mountains bring colder weather.

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Compare and Contrast

U.S: we wear more of t-shirts and shorts in the summer and pants in the winter. Food wise we eat hotdogs and hamburgers and fruits an veggies

Italy: They wear cool colored pants and shirts all year long. Food wise their most common food id pizza.