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ITALY

About Italy

Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, low youth and female employment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north. Source: World Factbook (CIA)

Italy: Communications and Electronic Information

Italy: Economy, Business, Labor, Banking, Industry and Trade

Italy: Education, Literacy and Libraries

Italy: Health, Disability, Violence, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness

Italy: History, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography

Italy: Housing and Construction

Italy: Military, Defense, Security, Intelligence and Terrorism

Italy: Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Crime

Italy: Roman Colosseum

Italy: Poverty, Homelessness, Food Inequality and Social Protection Programs

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