Country Full Name: Italian Republic.
Location: Italy is in Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
Country Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south.
Country Terrain: Mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands.
Major Languages: Italian.
Major Religions: Christianity.
Country Population: 59.3 million (2008 est.) 59.8 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The economy of Italy is the seventh-largest economy in the world and the fourth-largest in Europe, according to the International Monetary Fund. Italy belongs to the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations; it is a member of the European Union and OECD. The country is divided into a developed industrial north dominated by large private companies and an agricultural, state-assisted south.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Country Inflation: 3.5% (2008 est.) 0.75% (2009 est.).
City: Rome is the largest city and capital of Italy.
City Economy: The economy of Rome is characterized by the absence of heavy industry and is largely dominated by services, high-technology companies (IT, aerospace, defense, telecommunications), research, construction and commercial activities (especially banking), and the huge development of tourism are very dynamic and extremely important to its economy.
Cost of Living: Rome has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Rome is currently ranked 33 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
For more cost of living information on Italy, Rome Cost of Living