3. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ITALY
THE "TRICOLORE" FLAG
|Flag of Italy|
The island of Capri is an island in the Bay of Naples. Situated opposite the Sorrento peninsula, is celebrated for its beauty since the time of the Roman Empire.
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Italy is a 1,000 km long peninsula in the Mediterranean, with a chain of mountains running along its length , The Appennines. Its borders are the Alps in the north, the Ligurian sea and the Thyrrenian sea in the west, the Adriatic sea in the east, the Ionian sea in the south. Major rivers are Po, Ticino, Adda flowing from the Alps into the northern plains, Arno and Tiber, rising in the Appennines. The highest mountain in Europe is Mont Blanc on the border between Italy and France (4,810 m). Italian volcanoes include Vesuvius near Naples and Etna on the eastern coast of Sicily.
CLIMATE: continental in the north and on the higher areas, Mediterranean on the coasts, subtropical in Sicily.
POPULATION: about 58,000,000 of which 4% are recent immigrants from Romania, Albania, Ukraine, Poland, China, Morocco, Tunisia, India.
GOVERNMENT: Italy is a parliamentary, multiparty
Republic. The legislative power belongs to Parliament, formed by a Chamber of Deputies and a Senate. The executive power is in the hands of the council of ministers and its President. The President of Republic represents the country abroad, calls for elections and referenda, promulgates the laws approved by Parliament. The country is divided into 20 regions which have had wide self-regulating powers since 2001.
CURRENCY: the euro since 1999/2000
OUR PRESIDENT GIORGIO NAPOLITANO
|The Head of State stands for the Unity of the Nation.
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SOME NEWS ABOUT MY ITALY
CAPITAL CITY : Rome
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Italian
POPULATION: about 57.800.000 inhabitants
SIZE: 301.225 sq.km.
PEOPLE: the Italian
BORDERS: France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia
TERRAIN: Alps in North, large lowland in Po valley, on East coast and in Western central part
RIVERS Po, Tiber, Arno, Tanaro, Volturno, Sarno
LAKES:The most important - Garda, Como, Maggiore, Trasimeno.
COASTS:Tyrrhenian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, (Mediterranean Sea)
PRODUCTS: Citrus fruits, olives, grapes, tomatoes, vegetables,cereals, fishing; tourism, cinema, textiles, communications, food processing, motor vehicles, mechanical engineering,shipbuilding.
EURO, THE ITALIAN CURRENCY
|One euro - All the images have been shot in October 2008||10 euros||50 euros|
Some news about the EURO!
The decision to create a single European currency was taken with the Treaty of Maastricht(1992),. The EU’s Heads of State of Government decided to call it the “EURO” and to introduce it officially in people’s everyday lives from January 2002. But what are the advantages in using a single currency? It may help to create a strong position at an Intenational level, capable to compete with the US dollar and the Japanese yen..There are also some benefits: when you travel Europe you don’t need to change money and paying the charges. With the EURO you are closer to all European people and so it will be easier for you to follow a course of study in different European States of the Union. So the Euro helps us to feel like European citizens and not just Italian Danish, French, Spanish and so on.
STATES IN WHICH EURO CURRENCY IS USED
- 8.The Republic of Ireland
- 12.The Netherlands