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Italy Facts and Figures

Facts About Italy

Information TypeItaly Data


61,680,122 (July 2014 est.)

Gross Domestic  Product (GDP)

US$1.805 trillion (2013 est.)

GDP Per Capita

US$29,600 (2013 est.)

Inflation Rate

1.2% (2013 est.)



Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar 

0.883 euros per U.S. dollar (Feb 10, 2015)


Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d’Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).



Population of Capital City

2,646,000 million (2014 est.)

Time Zone

GMT + 1 (6 hours ahead of Washington D.C. during Standard Time).
Daylight saving time: Additional hour (begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October).


Mediterranean—with variations from the north to the south of the country. Alpine in the far north with cold winters and hot summers. In southern Italy and the islands winters are less harsh and summers are longer with a hot and dry climate.

International Dialing Code



230V / 50Hz: Plug Type: C F L

System of Government


Name and Party Affiliation of Current Leader

Chief of state: President Giorgio Napolitano (since May 15, 2006).
Head of government: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (since February 22, 2014).

Income Tax Rate for Residents

Residents are liable to tax on their worldwide income at progressive rates from 23% to 43%. There is also a regional tax of 1.2% to 2.03%, and a municipal tax of 0.1% to 0.8%.

Property Tax

Set annually and range from 0.4% to 0.76%.

Capital Gains Tax

20% to 25%

Inheritance Tax

4% to 8%

Rental Income Tax

Taxable rental income is generally computed as rental income less a lump-sum deduction of 30% for repair and maintenance expenses. Taxable rental income cannot be less than 70% of the gross income. The normal income tax rates are then applied to the computed taxable rental income.

Transfer Tax

Stamp duty is levied on legal and banking transactions at varying rates.

Sales Tax


Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Property

Italy has no restriction on foreigners owning property.

Local Chamber of Commerce
Piazza Medici,
8 – 14100 Asti, Italy
Tel: 391-4153 5211

American Chamber of Commerce
Via. Cesare Cantu 1,
20123 Milan, Italy
Tel: 392-3929 6752

Primary Exports

Engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals, food, beverages, tobacco, minerals, and nonferrous metals.

Residency and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens may enter Italy without a visa and remain in the country as a tourist for a maximum of 90 days per trip. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you need to seek permission to remain in the country.
Like many countries in Europe, Italy grants residency to foreigners who can prove they can take care of themselves (pay their own bills and not be a burden on the state).

Special Benefits for  Foreign Residents or Retirees

Residency in Italy can lead to a second passport and dual citizenship in the country.

National Airline

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