Italy

Requested by Devin

Italian Fact 1 (Sept. 2–Sept. 8, 2007)

Italy is ethnically monolithic—everyone in Italy is Italian.  This includes German-Italians, French-Italians, Slovene-Italians, Albanian-Italians, and Greek-Italians.  I think this lack of diversity may be a little bit artificial.

Italian Fact 2 (Sept. 9–Sept. 15, 2007)

Italians can vote when they turn 18.  However, they cannot vote for senators until age 25.

Italian Fact 3 (Sept. 16–Sept. 22, 2007)

The literacy rate in Italy is only 98.4%.  This is in Europe’s bottom 15.

Italian Fact 4 (Sept. 23–Sept. 29, 2007)

Italy faces a problem of illegal immigration from the Balkans and northern Africa.