Located in southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending to the Mediterranean Sea. The shape of the Italian Peninsula is a boot. It is home to the Vatican City in Rome, where the Holy See of the Catholic church resides.
Population: 62 million
Ethnic Groups: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)
Languages: Italian (Official), German, French, Slovene
Religions: Christian (80%) (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic with small groups of Protestants), Muslims (about 800,000 to 1 million), Atheists and Agnostics (20%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017
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Italy is a highly industrialized country in Europe. Roman Catholicism was the state religion until 1984. Although most Italians still identify as Catholic, the numbers of practicing Catholics and new priests are declining. Nevertheless, Catholicism still has a significant impact on things like education and family life. Other religious groups in Italy include Protestants and Muslims.