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THE FACTS
NAME: Italy
LOCATION: Europe
GOVERNMENT:   Republic
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: 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)
MAJOR RELIGION(S):  Approximately 90% Roman Catholic (about one-third regularly attend services); mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community.
MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south).

   
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