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Italy Life


The Italian population consists almost entirely of native-born people, many of whom identify themselves closely with a particular region of Italy.
The country can be generally divided into the more urban north (the area from the northern border and the port of Ancona to the southern part of Rome) and the mostly rural south (everything below this line, which is called the "Ancona Wall" by Italians).

The more prosperous north contains most of Italy's larger cities and about two-thirds of the country's population; the primarily agricultural south has a smaller population base and a more limited economy. In recent decades the population has generally migrated from rural to urban areas; the population was 67 percent urban in 1996.

The overwhelming majority of the people speak Italian. German is spoken around Bolzano, in the north near the Austrian border. Other minority languages include French (spoken in the Valle d' Aosta region), Ladin, Albanian, Slovene, Catalan, Friulian, Sardinian, Croatian, and Greek.

The dominant religion of Italy is Roman Catholicism, the faith of about 84 percent of the people. However, the Catholic church's role in Italy is declining; only about 25 percent of Italians attend mass regularly, and a law ratified in 1985 abolished Roman Catholicism as the official state religion and ended mandatory religious instruction in public schools. The constitution guarantees freedom of worship to the religious minorities, which are primarily Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish.


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