SAN MARINO



Fiorenzo Stolfi
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

(pronounced "fee-or-ENZ-oh STOLE-fee")

"I think the European Union has made enormous steps in recent years regarding the economy and cohesion between the countries, but the same cannot be said for foreign policy."

The Republic of San Marino is a landlocked state on the Italian peninsula about 225 km (140 mi) north of Rome and between the Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marchesa. Situated on the slopes of Mount Titano, San Marino claims to be the oldest republic in Europe. Its total area comprises just over 60 sq km (20 sq mi). Approximately 27,730 citizens made up the Sanmarinese population in 2002. Until 2002, San Marino principally used the Italian lira as its currency; when Italy replaced its currency with the euro, San Marino also adopted the euro. Since 1971 the government has issued its own coins (in denominations of one scudi and two scudi ). Vatican currency is also legal tender. Italian is the official language, but English and French are also spoken.

The ethnicity of the Sanmarinese derives from a mixture of Mediterranean, Alpine, Adriatic, and Nordic ethnic types. Most of the citizens are Roman Catholic. The country's ethnic composition is 80% Sanmarinese and 20% Italian. San Marino exports wine, woolen goods, furniture, and ceramics. The international sale of San Marino postage stamps and tourism (with an estimated 3 million visitors annually) constitute the largest shares of government revenue.

ADDRESS

San Marino Christian Democrat Party
Piazza Bramanti Lazzari
San Marino

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