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Italy is a country that makes up a peninsula and several other islands located in Southern Europe. Spanning an area of 301,230 square kilometers (or 116,310 square miles), Italy shares borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Italy also homes two enclaved microstates, Vatican City and San Marino. The capital and largest city within Italy is Rome. With a total population of 60,317,116 inhabitants, Italy is the 3rd largest country within the European Union. The country is home to a parliamentary government with both a president and prime minister. The current president is Sergio Mattarella, and the current prime minister is Mario Draghi.
Over 35% of all of Italy’s territory is mountainous. A great majority of the landscapes formed in Italy have volcanic origin. There are fourteen total volcanoes in Italy, with only four being active to this day. The active volcanoes are as follows: Mount Etna in Sicily (which is also the largest active volcano in Europe), Vulcano, Stromboli, and Vesuvius. The highest point associated with Italy is Mont Blanc, standing at an altitude of 4,807 meters, or 15,777 feet. Although the peak is located within France, Mont Blanc is owned by both France and Italy, ultimately making it the highest point of Italy.
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