Carbonia, Sardinia

For other uses, see Carbonia (disambiguation).
Comune di Carbonia


Location of Carbonia in Sardinia

Coordinates: 39°10′2″N 8°31′20″E / 39.16722°N 8.52222°E / 39.16722; 8.52222
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city Province of South Sardinia
Frazioni Bacu Abis, Barbusi, Cannas, Corongiu, Cortoghiana, Genna Corriga, Flumentepido, Is Gannaus, Is Meis, Medadeddu, Medau Desogus, Serbariu, Sirai, Sirri
  Mayor Paola Massidda
  Total 145.63 km2 (56.23 sq mi)
Elevation 111 m (364 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)[1]
  Total 28,755
  Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Carboniesi or Carboniensi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09013
Dialing code 0781
Patron saint St. Pontian
Saint day Third Thursday of May
Website Official website

Carbonia (pronounced [karˈbɔːnja]  listen  is a town and comune, which along with Iglesias was a co-capital of the former province of Carbonia-Iglesias, now suppressed and incorporated in the Province of South Sardinia. It is located in the south-west of the island, at about an hour by car or train from the regional capital, Cagliari.


Piazza Roma, Carbonia

Carbonia was officially inaugurated on the 18 December 1938 by the Fascist regime. Benito Mussolini ordered the building of the city and was present at its inauguration. The city was built in order to provide housing for the workforce of the nearby mines. The name "Carbonia" comes from the Italian word for coal, a resource that is abundant in this area.

The city grown considerably since its birth in 1938, due to mass immigration of people from the rest of the Island and mainland Italy (in particular from the regions of Veneto, Sicily, Abruzzo, Marche, Basilicata and Campania), reaching about 45.000 residents in 1951. Currently it has a population of over 28.000 inhabitants.

Since the mines' closing during the 1970s, Carbonia has had to deal with a high unemployment rate. After the closure of the mines the town's economy was converted on the metallurgical industry, so today most Carbonians find their employment in the heavy industry, but also in the tertiary sector.

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  1. Population data from Istat
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