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Location:  Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia
Geographic Coordinates:   42 50 N, 12 50 E
Area:   301,340 sq km (land: 294,140 sq km water: 7,200 sq km)
Climate:  Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south
Languages:  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)
Population:  61,680,122 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Rome
Religion:  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%
Ethnic Groups:  Russian 77.7%, Tatar 3.7%, Ukrainian 1.4%, Bashkir 1.1%, Chuvash 1%, Chechen 1%, other 10.2%, unspecified 3.9% (2010 est.)
Independence:  17 March 1861 (Kingdom of Italy proclaimed; Italy was not finally unified until 1870)

Source:  CIA Factbook