Northern Italy • Earth.com Northern Italy resolution image

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Northern Italy A few fires were detected across Italy (center) on July 20, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite and are marked with red dots. The snow-covered Alps arc across the northern part of the country, while the southern part of the country stretches into the Mediterranean Sea. At bottom center, a large, smoky fire is burning in central Corsica.Northern Italy (Italian: Italia settentrionale or just Nord) is a geographical and cultural region in the northern part of Italy.

Non-administrative, it consists of eight administrative Regions in northern Italy: Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. As of 2014, its population was 27,801,460. Rhaeto-Romance and Gallo-Italic languages are spoken in the region, as opposed to the Italo-Dalmatian languages spoken in the rest of Italy (the Venetian language is generally considered one of the Italo-Dalmatian languages; however, some publications define it as Gallo-Italic

For statistic purposes, the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT) uses the terms Northwest Italy and Northeast Italy for two of Italy’s five statistical regions in its reporting. These same subdivisions are used to demarcate first-level Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) regions within the European Union, and the Italian constituencies for the European Parliament.

Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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