|Head of State:||President Giorgio NAPOLITANO (since 15 May 2006)|
|Head of Government:||Prime Minister (referred to in Italy as the president of the Council of Ministers) Matteo RENZI (since 22 February 2014)|
|Population:||58,090,681 (July 2010 est.)|
|National Holiday:||2 June (1946) Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic|
|Area:||301,230 sq km (B.C.= 947,800 sq km)|
|Nova Scotia/Italy Relations:||
Italians represent the 5th largest ethnic group in Canada, and roughly 14,000 reside in Nova Scotia, representing 1.5% of the NS population.
Pier 21 saw 471,940 Italians arrive by boat across the North Atlantic between 1921 and 1971.
Did you know?
John Cabot, a famous Italian Explorer, traveled across the Atlantic in 1497 and landed on Mainland Nova Scotia, where he claimed the land for the King of England.
The Italian Week-end is an annual cultural event which takes place at the ICCA located on Agricola Street. Every year around the 2nd week-end of September you will find excellent food, bocce ball tournaments, and Italian community members all united and ecstatic to represent and share their culture with their fellow Nova Scotians.
Ms. Marilisa Benigno
Appointed: May 12, 2014
Mr. Rodolfo Meloni
1574 Argyle Street Suite 7
Halifax NS B3J 2B3