South Italy

For the territory and its history, see Southern Italy. For the EU constituency, see Southern Italy (European Parliament constituency).
South Italy
"A picture showing South Italy highlighted in red in a political map of Italy."
Regional statistics
Composition Abruzzo Abruzzo
Apulia Apulia
Basilicata Basilicata
Calabria Calabria
Campania Campania
Molise Molise
 - Total

73,224 km2 (28,272 sq mi)
 - Total

 - Density

14,184,916[1] (2010 est.) 193.7/km² (501.7/sq mi)
Largest city Naples (pop. 959,597)
GDP €245.8 billion (2008)[2]

South Italy (Italian: Italia meridionale or just Sud Italia) is one of the five official statistical regions of Italy used by the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), a first level NUTS region and a European Parliament constituency. South Italy encompasses six of the country's 20 regions:

South Italy is defined only for statistical and electoral purposes. It should not to be confused with the Mezzogiorno, which generally refers to all the southern half of the Italian State, including the island of Sicily and sometimes even Sardinia. The two islands form a distinct statistical region, called Insular Italy.

See also


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