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Italy

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Population:

58,145,320 (2008)

Land area:

294,020 sq. km.

Capital:

Rome (pop: 2,693,383; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Italy ranked 18th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 7th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $31,495.95. Public debt accounts for 104 percent of total GDP, while no figure for the number of Italians beneath the poverty line is available.

Main language(s):

Italian

Monkey's name:

La Scimmia (La Sheem-yah)

Fun fact:

The 19th Century Genoese revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini, who struggled for most of his life to unite the disparate regions of the Italian peninsula into a republic, made himself a visual symbol of his cause: After a failed uprising against Austro-Hungarian occupation of northern regions of the would-be Italy, Mazzini decided he would wear all black clothing to mourn the oppression of his country. He continued to do so for years.

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