Italy is in Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. The climate is predominantly mediterranean, but Alpine in the far north and hot and dry in the south. The official language is Italian. Accents and dialects may differ from one region to another. Foreign languages (especially English) are now widely spoken, particularly in tourist areas and in cities, using a few phrases of Italian will be appreciated. English is frequently used as a common language at international conferences and in business meetings. The Alto Adige area of northern Italy has a bilingual Italian-German-speaking population. The Valle d'Aosta (north-western Italy) is bilingual Italian-French. Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a Slovenian-speaking area. The Albanian language is widely spoken in the town of Piana degli Albanesi in Sicily. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Italy is the seventh-largest economy in the world and the fourth-largest in Europe, according to the International Monetary Fund. Italy belongs to the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations; it is a member of the European Union and OECD. The country is divided into a developed industrial north dominated by large private companies and an agricultural, state-assisted south. In Italy personal titles are important. The most common forms of greeting are Signore (Mr), Signorina (Miss) or Signora (Mrs). Expatriate business dress is usually formal, fashionable and well-cut. The security risk for expatriates in Italy is low, but medium in Naples. Risks include petty crime (targets include expatriates), terrorism, and risks associated with protest action. The currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with that of the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities in Italy are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Italy is 60.8 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.9% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Italy, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Italy as at 1 January 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very Low 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very High Italy is for example -1.9% cheaper than USA for groceries, -28.5% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 139% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Italy for an expat from Australia, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Italy) premium of 10% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Italy is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Italy? Register subscribe to your home location and Italy and run your personalised reports.