Located in southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending to the Mediterranean Sea. The shape of the Italian Peninsula is a boot.
Population: 61 million (2013 est.)
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 NEGL (about 700,000 but growing), Atheists and Agnostics 20%
ITALIANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 1,445,335
In the GTA: 466,155
In the City of Toronto: 153,605
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Vaughan, Caledon, King, Richmond Hill, York South-Weston, Eglinton-Lawrence
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.
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