Lombardy

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Lombardy
Lombardia
Region of Italy

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Coordinates: 45°35′08″N 9°55′49″E / 45.5856°N 9.9303°E / 45.5856; 9.9303Coordinates: 45°35′08″N 9°55′49″E / 45.5856°N 9.9303°E / 45.5856; 9.9303
Country Italy
Capital Milan
Government
 • President Roberto Maroni (Lega nord)
Area
 • Total 23,861 km2 (9,213 sq mi)
Population (2007-12-31)
 • Total 9,642,406
 • Density 404.107/km2 (1,046.633/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
GDP/ Nominal € 305.5 billion (2006)
NUTS Region ITC

Lombardy is a region in the northern part of Italy. It is the most populated region of the country, and has almost 9.4 million people. The capital is Milan. Lombardy has provinces within it.

To the north of Lombardy is the country of Switzerland (Canton Ticino e Grigioni). To the west is the region of Piedmont. To the east are the regions of Veneto and Trentino - Alto Adige. To the south is the region of Emilia-Romagna.

Name[change | change source]

In the Italian language, Lombardy is called Lombardia. This name comes from an old German word: Langbardland and means "country of the Lombards".

Geography[change | change source]

In the north of Lombardy there are very high mountains, (40% of the territory is mountains) the highest mountains are almost 4.000 meters in the Bernina Range.

In the south of the region flows the Po river, which is the longest river in Italy. The most important rivers are the Adda river, the Mincio and the Ticino river, all of them end in the Po river.

There are also a lot of lakes, the largest are the lake Maggiore, the Lake of Varese, the lake Como, and the lake Garda.

Provinces[change | change source]

Lombardy is divided into 12 provinces:

  1. Bergamo
  2. Brescia
  3. Como
  4. Cremona
  5. Lecco
  6. Lodi
  7. Mantova
  8. Milano
  9. Monza e Brianza
  10. Pavia
  11. Sondrio
  12. Varese

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