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Italy has a decreasing population of nearly 59 million, making it the fourth largest in the European Union. Population density is high, though not as high as in Britain or Germany. Only 68 per cent live in urban areas, less than in Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic or USA. Italy has an extensive motorway system (mainly toll roads built by private companies), and railway system (including the high-speed ETR-class trains).
In 1970 Italy had one of the lowest levels of car ownership in the EU15 countries (only Greece, Finland, Spain and Portugal were lower). By 1990 it was the highest, and in 1999 was second only to Luxembourg. A third of all cars purchased are indigenous. Italy also has a high ownership of powered 2-wheelers.
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Published Date: 13 April 2008