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Italian is an official language of a European country. It is the third most widely spoken first language in the European Union with 65 million native speakers. It is a language spoken not only in Italy but is also an official language in Switzerland (along with German and French), Malta, San Marino and the Vatican, administrative regions of Croatia and Slovenia, and was an official language in Somalia, Ethiopia, Libya, Albania, Eritrea and the Dodecanese until the middle of the 20th century (1912-1943).

It is the language of a highly technological and industrial country (5th in the world and member of the G7), and a world leader in fields such as agriculture, tourism, fashion, arts.

Italy is the 7th exporting economy and the 5th manufacturer in the world. Its economy is diversified and has a comparative advantage in the manufacturing sector, with small and medium-sized enterprises specializing in the production of high quality products and design. “Made in Italy” is still a guarantee of high standards of quality.