Liguria - At a glance

Liguria at a glance

Location In northwestern Italy. It’s a thin sliver of coastal territory bordered by Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna to the east, Lombardy and Piedmont in the north, and France in the west.

Size 5,422km²

Climate Mediterranean

Status One of Italy’s 20 regions

Population 1,583,000 (Dec 2014)

Life expectancy Men 76, women 82

Regional capital Genoa (Genova) (population 594,904)

Other main towns Sanremo (population 53,936), Savona (60,750) and La Spezia (95,000)

Main airport Genoa (Aeroporto Christoforo Colombo)

Language Italian. Main dialect Genoese.

Religion Roman Catholic

Currency Euro (€) (for up-to-date rates, go to

International telephone code +39 (but keep the first 0 in the number)

Time GMT +1

Electrical voltage 220V/50Hz, two-pin plugs

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