BC: Sources | http://www.everyculture.com/Ge-It/Italy.html
1: Population | 60,770,000 people currently live in Italy. The majority of citizens are Italian and the national language is Italian.Other cultures like French and Greek also populate the area.Ninety percent of the population is Roman Catholic.
2: Italy is in south central Europe. It is shaped like a high–heeled boot and has several islands. It has a total of 116,300 square miles.The most important of the islands are Sicily in the south and Sardinia in the northwest. Rome was named the capital.
3: There are many landforms surrounding Italy. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south, and the Alps to the north. A chain of mountains, the Apennines, cuts down the center of the peninsula. The fertile Po valley is in the north. It accounts for 21% of the total area; 40% of Italy's area, in contrast, is hilly and 39% is mountainous. The climate is generally a temperate Mediterranean one with variations caused by the mountainous and hilly areas.
4: Giorgio Napolitano is the President of Italy and Marco Antonio Bertolotti is the vice President. Italy is a republic with twenty regions under the central government. Italy has been plagued with too many political parties and, in some sense, every Italian is his or her own political party. This is a major problem today. Another issue is that Italians resent intrusions into private and family life. They have had centuries of practice in avoiding what they consider unjust laws. The major crime problem centers from the Mafia.There is no presumption of innocence, and judges routinely question defendants. The Catholic Church, family, and friends serve as strong informal social controls.
5: The country's president is the commander of the armed forces.
7: Italians are open in their public behavior. They tend to like to publicly embrace and kiss upon greeting people. Italian gazes are intense. It is felt that someone who cannot look you in the eyes is trying to hide something. Elders expect and get respect. Italians have little respect for lines and generally push their way to the front. There is great care given to preserving one's "bella figura", dignity. Violating another's sense of self–importance is a dangerous activity.